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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...
Eight days of lighting giant menorahs that brighten the darkness far and wide
This year has in many ways been a difficult one for Jews everywhere. From Poway to Paris, from the streets of Brooklyn to this month’s shooting in Jersey City, the specter of anti-Semitism has reared its head. Still, wherever in the world the Jewish peopl...
Furthering Muslim Morocco’s long-standing history of ‘peace and tolerance’ towards Jews
History was made in Muslim Morocco on Sunday evening when for the first time ever, two prominent government officials attended the Jewish community’s Chanukah festivities. Said Ahmidouch, the wali of Casablanca-Settat region, and Rachid Afirat, the govern...
A Chabad rabbi and rock-music promoter Bill Graham started a trend that would change the Jewish world
On a blustery first night of Chanukah in 1975, more than 1,000 Jews crowded into San Francisco’s Union Square to witness the first giant public menorah-lighting in modern history. Forty-four years after this unprecedented show of Jewish pride and observan...
Adding light to a city that has seen significant darkness this year
Just weeks after terrorists murdered 130 people on the streets of Paris, an estimated 6,000 people gathered tonight at the Eiffel Tower to watch the lighting of a 30-foot-tall menorah on the first night of Chanukah. The annual public menorah-lighting at t...
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist granted an exclusive interview to Chabad.org just before the conclusion of the Passover holiday. He spoke his determination to see justice done in the case of an apparent arson at the Chabad House of Miami Beach. They were his f...
Gov. Jon Corzine hosted more than 100 Jewish community members at a Trenton Chanukah celebration sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch of New Jersey.
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