12/07/2012 10:18 am ET | Updated Dec 08, 2012

18 Awesome Hanukkah Menorahs: But Are They Kosher? (PHOTOS)

When our friends at BuzzFeed published this collection of awesome and unexpected menorahs for Hanukkah, we kvelled (reacted with joy for the non-Yiddish speaker).

Until we kvetched (reacted not with joy). Something had gone horribly awry. One by one, our handmade hanukkiah dreams were shattered as it became clear that not all was kosher on this list of lights.

You see, there are specific laws that determine if a menorah is authorized for ritual use on Hanukkah. Most glaringly, the eight candles for the eight days must be arranged in a straight line.

So, just to be sure, we're highlighting 18 menorahs found on the web and stamped the HuffPost Religion hekhsher (kosher symbol) of approval on the candelabra that meet all requirements.

Happy (Kosher) Hanukkah!

Kosher Menorahs ... Or Not?