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It’s Chanukah (sometimes spelled “Hanukkah” and pronounced HAH-new-kah), and you are planning on attending a public menorah lighting. Here’s what you need to know.
Through the years and the courts, a small spark in Philadelphia now lights up the world
It was a frigid Saturday night during Chanukah of 1974, when Rabbi Abraham Shemtov had the unusual, perhaps wild, idea of lighting a menorah right in front of Independence Hall, which houses the Liberty Bell, the icon of American freedom. The menorah was ...
It’s become almost commonplace for hundreds of thousands of people to attend grand public Chanukah menorah lightings in metropolises and in front of statehouses dotting the American landscape. But the first such ceremony, in Philadelphia’s Old City in 197...
Now, isn’t the mitzvah just to light the menorah at home? So why were the blessings recited at the public ceremony?
1974
Both the Mitzvah tanks and the Menorahs brought Jewish observances to the fore of public consciousness in a very visible way.
A spirit too strong for evil to vanquish
I recalled vaguely that there had been some Nashvillians visiting in Mumbai at the Oberoi restaurant, caught in the crossfire of terror. I tried to call one of them to invite her to our Menorah lighting.
Take a tour around the globe with Chabad-Lubavitch public menorah lightings
Find A Hannukah Event Near You
Browse hundreds of listings of Chanukah events in tens of countries. Find an event near you, and celebrate hanukkah with friends. Featuring public menorah lightings, parties, workshops, and more...
The Chanukah Lights are expressly meant to illuminate the “outside,” symbolically alluding to the duty to bring light also to those who, for one reason or another, still walk in darkness...
1. Eight Nights=Miracle Lights Why is Chanukah eight nights long? The Talmud asks and answers: The sages taught: On the 25th of Kislev, the days of Chanukah are eight. One may not eulogize on them, and one may not fast on them. This is because when the Gr...
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