Public menorahs are in the process of being lit all over the world as part of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chanukah campaign in more than 100 countries and territories, including all 50 U.S. states. Some 15,000 oversized menorahs will be kindled in front of landmarks such as the White House, Mount Rushmore, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Kremlin.
The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berl Lazar, made a very unusual visit today. He went to the Butirsky Prison in the center of Moscow in order to strengthen and encourage the Jewish prisoners who are serving time there amongst the three thousand prisoners of various backgrounds.
Just in time for Chanukah comes the latest upbeat release from the Holocaust Survivor Band, a triumphant song of survival titled ‘Let the Light Shine On.’ With music and lyrics by prolific songstress Cecelia Margules, Let the Light Shine On pairs Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz with concentration camp survivors Saul Dreier, Ruby Sosnowicz, and the newest member of the team, Morris Dan, as they take their uplifting message to the Brandenburg Gate, once a symbol of Nazi power.
Chabad of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), led by Rabbi Chaim Herzog, held their annual Menorah Lighting on Wednesday at the Victoria Parliament House, with the attendence of dignitaries, officials, and members of the local Jewish community.
Monroe residents celebrated the first night of Chanukah with a large celebration featuring the state’s largest menorah.
Thousands gathered in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza for New York’s annual Chanukah kickoff concert and lighting of Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah, featuring the Moshav Band.
The media brought the lighting of the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah in New York City, on the first night of Chanukah, to the attention of hundreds of millions of people the world over.
Rabbi Berel Lazar and thousands of spectators braved the freezing Russian winter to light a Menorah in Moscow’s Red Square, mere yards away from the Kremlin – whose occupants were once adamant about stomping out such open practices of faith.
The holiday of Chanukah commenced in Australia with the National Menorah lighting in Canberra’s Parliament in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
You know them when you see them, and when you see them, you know it’s Chanukah. The car menorah is a uniquely American innovation—a marketing gimmick created by young yeshivah students in the early 1970s as a way to spread awareness and the message of the eight-day Jewish holiday. Today, they can be found across the globe and on all kinds of vehicles.
Last Sunday, the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s Menorah Building workshop at the Home Depot was filled to capacity, with over 120 in attendance.
Well over a thousand Jews of all stripes gathered together in Boro Park on Motzei Shabbos to celebrate Yud Tes Kislev, the Yahrtzeit of the Mezritcher Maggid and Yom Hageulah of the Alter Rebbe.
The World’s Largest Menorah was assembled on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in New York City with the help of a 40 foot trailer and a huge construction crane.
The Rebbe’s Chief Chozer, the veteran Mashpia Reb Yoel Kahan, travelled to Israel to Farbreng with the students of the Chabad Yeshiva in Kiryat Gat in honor of Yud Tes Kislev.
Hundreds of Jews from all over Antwerp, Belgium, participated in the chain of Chasidic events organized in honor of Yud Tes Kislev – Chag HaGeula, by Anwerp’s Chabad House under the leadership of Belgium’s Head Shliach Rabbi Shabtai Slavaticki.
Yud Tes Kislev left an unforgettable impression on the Talmidim of United Lubavitcher Yeshiva. With the special events geared for each age group, the Talmidim gathered inspiration from the Rosh Hashana L’Chasidus for their whole year.
In honour of Yud Tes Kislev, Through Chabad of Sydney and Agudas Chasidei Chabad in New York, Rabbi Mendel Deren of Jerusalem made the significant journey to Sydney Australia to be “Mechazek” and help inspire the city.
While marking the Yom Tov of Yud Tes Kislev at a Farbrengen, the community of Congregation Shule celebrated an amazing milestone of one of their members – his completion of studying the entire Shas, an endeavor which took him over 12 years.
Hundreds gathered for a festive Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengen in the Chabad House of the Georgetown neighborhood of Brooklyn, headed by the local shliach, Rabbi Avraham Holtzberg. Following Chabad tradition, the participants were invited to partake of a festive meal in honor of the occasion.
After a two-week preparation leading up to Yud Tes Kislev, Bais Rivkah maximized the day to the fullest with farbrengens and a full day program.
Thousands of members of the Jewish community of Paris, France, gathered together Monday night for a Farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, led by Rabbi Mendel Azimov.
Last Sunday, over 50 boys and Bochurim of Friendship Circle Brooklyn’s Boys Division gathered at the Jewish Children’s Museum for a special Farbrengen.