Jewish community celebrates lighting of menorah

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Unlike on the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, or Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, observant Jews are permitted to work and attend school during Hanukkah, the only Jewish holiday that commemorates a military victory.

Thousands of people are expected December 18 for a Hanukkah concert and menorah lighting at Gulfstream Park, the horse racing track in Hallandale Beach, Florida, near Miami. Other events include menorahs on Islington Green and at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town. "It's an opportunity for us to make our world a brighter place". Every night, a candle or shamash (attendant) is lit with everyone gathered around the menorah, while reciting the blessings found in the prayerbook.

Several rabbinical students from NY were at the celebration. Both go all out for Hanukkah celebrations, but Tel Aviv's takes a more party-heavy approach.

Gary David Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council and the chief economic advisor to the president, did the honors of lighting the menorah.

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How do you celebrate it? . This annual event includes theatre, music, street carnivals, and free admission to numerous city's most famous sites, such as the Israel Museum (that's where the Dead Sea Scrolls are) and the Tower of David.

The world's largest menorah, standing 36 feet high (11 meters), was lit just outside Central Park in New York City across from the Plaza Hotel at Grand Army Plaza.

Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates "light over darkness, freedom over oppression", Seligson said.

Hertz said it made sense for them to come to Tulsa to celebrate because the message of Chabad is to give every Jewish person the opportunity to feel part of the Jewish nation, which is easier in big cities with large Jewish populations, and might be more hard in smaller cities "where Jews might feel left out". Gear up for the cross-borough shlep with bagels and smoked fish from Lower East Side deli Russ and Daughters, which expanded into a full sit-down restaurant in 2014 to celebrate its centennial.

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