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Chanukah Menorah: The eight-branched menorah (candelabra) kindled on Chanukah commemorating the miracle of Chanukah.
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...
Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, is remembered as a beacon of light and joy
By all accounts, Eliyahu Moscowitz, who was murdered in a Chicago park on Simchat Torah night at the age of 24, was a beacon of light. This Chanukah, even as the murderer remains at large, two giant menorahs will be dedicated in his memory. At the site of...
A Chabad emissary in New Jersey has taken menorah construction to new heights
It was more than 30 years ago when Rabbi Boruch Klar first heard the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory—speak about the importance of lighting menorahs in public places. As soon as the speech was completed, Klar saw gr...
How Atara Ciechanover spearheaded the design and creation of the world’s most visible menorah
The gleaming two-ton Chabad-Lubavitch menorah on the corner of Manhattan’s storied crossroads at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street—one of the busiest and most affluent thoroughfares on the planet—has long been an inseparable part of life in New York. Throughou...
New Jersey inmates to participate in Menorah lightings for the first time
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...
Record turnouts expected in hundreds of cities worldwide
Like so many people around the world, Michele Gordon of Greensboro, N.C., has not been out much since the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. She takes appropriate precautions while shopping, avoids most in-person social interactions and ...
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...
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