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Tampa to light 15-foot menorah for Hanukkah celebration

Tampa to light 15-foot menorah for Hanukkah celebration

"Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to come together around the lighting of the menorah and celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future".

For a household that celebrates both Christian and Jewish holidays as our does, it is silly to pretend that these two holidays share equal importance.

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights and religious freedom, begins at sundown with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah.

For more on Hanukkah, including tips on how to make latkes, see pages 10B and 12B.

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Religious leaders agree Hanukkah, which began the evening of December 12 and continues through December 20, has changed over the last several decades with the rise of interfaith marriage.

No. However, because of commercialism and the holiday's proximity to Christmas, children of the Hebrew faith often receive gifts. The lighting of the menorah, however, must be done from left to right.

A common game played during Hanukkah celebrations is dreidel. Politics aside, Hanukkah in the USA and in other parts of the world is now an occasion for gift-giving and merry-making, a holiday that rivals - and for many interfaith families - complements Christmas. According to the story, a miracle happened and the oil lasted for eight days, allowing enough time to prepare new oil in the religious tradition. "He took a holiday, which is a festive very happy holiday, and turned it into very much a public holiday that became very widely known in the non Jewish world as well as the Jewish".

Growing up in a fairly secular household, Hanukkah felt like the pinnacle of the Jewish year.

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State College mayor-elect Don Hahn said the gathering helped to connect the community after the vandalism, though he acknowledged that there will "always be threats". A holiday with fried foods, fire, chocolate and a spinning top - it simply does not get better for a Jewish child.

"Now as we celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, you can take pride in knowing that members of our Jewish community are continuing to lead the way so that we can all travel a path that emphasizes the power of light, kindness and respect", Jones said.

Blessings are typically recited during the candle lighting ceremony each night of Hanukkah.

"The message is really a universal message that each and every day, each one of us could add additional lights", said Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center of South Dakota.

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"It's not some sort of grievous offense to Judaism (that the menorah was taken)", Schuster said. The traditional Orthodox movement promotes bringing Hanukkah celebrations beyond the synagogue and into public spaces, and is connected to numerous public celebrations in the world.


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