9-Foot Menorahs to Light Up Rockport and Ipswich, as Part of World’s Largest Hanukkah Observance
Chabad of Cape Ann To Light Up a Few of the 15,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom
In what has become an annual tradition, Chabad will ignite a public 9-foot Hanukkah menorah erected in DownTown Rockport, followed by a community-wide celebration on Sunday, December 18th, the 1st night of the eight-day holiday. The menorah lighting ceremony will include music, Hanukkah themed refreshments, such as latkes and doughnuts and children’s activities.
New for this year, there will be a Public Menorah Lighting in DownTown Ipswich followed by a Chanukah party on Tuesday, December 20th at 5:30PM.
“The menorah serves as a symbol of our ability to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G‑d freely, openly, and with pride. This is true especially in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution,” said Rabbi Raichik.
The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle.
“The message of Hanukkah is the message of light,” added Rabbi Raichik. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”
Today, the unprecedented public display of Hanukkah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and awareness of the festival. Rockport’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message
Throughout the North Shore, Chabad will be presenting dozens of Hanukkah events and celebrations
For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events visit Chabadcapeann.com/chanukah
What: Public Menorah Lighting
Where: 1) Rockport Visitor Information Center (Mt. Pleasant and Broadway) 2) Bottom of Town Hill in Ipswich
When: December 18th at 4:30PM and December 20th at 5:30PM
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins this year on the evening of Sunday, December 18th and concludes the evening of Monday, December 26th. It recalls the victory of a militarily weak Jewish people who defeated the Syrian Greeks who had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life and prohibit religious freedom. They also desecrated and defiled the Temple and the oils prepared for the lighting of the menorah, which was part of the daily service. Upon recapturing the Temple only one jar of undefiled oil was found, enough to burn for only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight. In commemoration, Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabrum known as a menorah. Today, people of all faiths consider the holiday a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.