Thousands Attend and Millions View Lighting of the National Menorah, World’s Largest, in Washington, DC


d18726[Photos below.] Yesterday, theĀ  National Menorah was lit on the Ellipse. See below for the program and photos:

Hon. Jeff Zients, Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, participated in the lighting ceremony, and brought special greetings from President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President and Dr. Biden, and the Administration. Event chaired by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President, American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad);

Two winners of the Rabbi Mendy Deren Memorial National Menorah Essay Contest — Rivkah Goldenberg (11) of Lawrenceville, NY and Dovid Moritz (9) of Pittsburgh, PA

Special Performance by the United States Navy Band, led by Capt. Brian O. Walden and the Three Cantors – Jeff Nadel (Musical Director), Yaakov Motzen and Yaakov Lemmer.

Thousands of free menorah kits, hot latkes and donuts distributed.

Dreidelman makes an appearance.

Greetings from Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, National Director, American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and Chairman, Executive Committee, Agudas Chassidei Chabad, which is the umbrella organization of the international Chabad Lubavitch movement, with over 4000 centers in 48 states and 80 countries.

See below for photos:

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  1. The larger the size of the menorah, the more we bring kiddish Hashem? I do not think so. I think it separates us from our own sanity at a certain level. Personally I think a menorah should not be bigger than the average size of a man. Call me old fashioned. This was never the Israel of ancient times ever.

  2. What a terrible Chillul Hashem! Have you learnt anything from this long and bitter Galus? Why must you be in the Goyim’s face? You are equating Chanuka with Xmas!

  3. Some people will never get it,
    And as my grandfather would say:
    ……? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??????????

    A freilechin chanukah to all

  4. This sickens me to no end. What a pathetic distortiuon of the true Mitzvah. Rav Shach Ztzl forsaw this dangerous behaviour and warned against it in the stronget possible terms

  5. #2 Chillul Hashem?? al pesach beiso MIBACHUTZ is not a chillul if anything it is a kiddush Hashem the goyim RESPECT religious observance when done with pride and geone yaakov.
    a freilichin Chanukah to all

  6. #1,

    “This was never the Israel of ancient times ever.”

    Yes it was – even prior to the Chanukah story! Yep, after the churban of the first Beis Hamikdash there were Jews who said “niyeh kechol hagoyim Beis Yisrael”. They wanted their own identity, but in a non-Jewish fashion. It’s sadly not new.