Menorah lighting celebrates Hanukkah's first night

13 December, 2017, 06:10 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Nanaimo city hall will be aglow in the light from the menorah this week as Hanukkah celebrations begin. Four students were charged with theft and vandalism of the candelabrum, which was later found in front of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house, as previously reported by The Daily Collegian.

Members gathered along Lipscomb Street outside of Chabad to mount electric Menorahs on top of their vehicles that would then parade to the annual Menorah lighting celebration in Downtown Greensboro.

"That was a moment of darkness", Gourarie said. With the help of families and Jewish groups across the nation, that's exactly what Shomrei Torah did - filling gift baskets full of Judaica including menorahs, dreidels, copies of the Torah, candles, a Passover Seder plate and kiddush cups used when blessing wine. The lighting of the menorah, however, must be done from left to right. So perhaps the true meaning of Chrismukkah is that each of us - regardless of religion or faith or tradition or upbringing- are meant to bring light into world.

"It's the idea of increasing light, getting rid of all negative things around of us", he said. The same is true of our lives.

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Despite gray skies and rain, Rabbi Yacov Borenstein observed the first night of Hanukkah by at a Menorah lighting on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Poughkeepsie. This year's special exhibit explores Jewish food from around the world.

The first miracle, he said, came to a small band who held on to their convictions and beliefs.

"I didn't train for this", Schreiber (sophomore-management) said jokingly. I'm going to go against the grain. In one of the only true similarities between these two holidays, Christians are taught that Jesus was put on Earth to bring light to the world.

Jeffrey Hoffman, who in 1993 helped fix the Hubble Telescope as part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, celebrated Hanukkah above the earth by twirling his dreidel, showing his Hanukkah supplies and wishing Jews everywhere a happy Hanukkah during live satellite communication.

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He said everyone in the community can take part in the mitzvah or good deed by spreading the light themselves. The battle in the second century BCE was fought for religious freedom. "At the same time it's a very strong community".

December 12 marks the first day of Hanukkah - also known as the festival of lights. "As we near the end of 2017, this all still matters, in ways many of us never could have envisioned".

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones lit the torch for the menorah, noting the ceremony was an important reminder of the diverse university community.

Rabbi Zwievel lit the menorah in the Downtown Chico Plaza at 5 p.m.

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