Since the 1980s, the Hanukkah menorah-lighting event has been a tradition in the Minneapolis area. Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish community group, holds its annual menorah-lighting event in St. Louis Park every year.
“This year, we’ll probably be taking the event back outside,” says Rabbi Mordechai Grossbaum of Chabad Lubavitch. “There’s a big menorah, 30 feet in height, that we put up on Highway 100.”
Lighting the menorah has been an ancient Jewish tradition. Many centuries ago, the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) took over and defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. A Jewish army, known as the Maccabees, defeated the Seleucids and re-established the lighting of the menorah in the temple.
Today, it continues to offer a significant meaning, especially during the holiday season. “The idea of the menorah is that every day, we light an additional candle. So we start with one and work our way up to eight,” says Grossbaum. “That way, we keep adding the light to the world. One little candle can push away a lot of darkness.”
This event will take place on December 24, which is the first day of Hanukkah. The ceremony will be about two hours long. There will be a range of activities, such as making a menorah, tasting Hanukkah-related food, playing dreidel, and other events.
Chabad of St. Louis Park