MADISON, NJ - The Madison community is invited to the annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Chabad of SE Morris County. In addition to Madison, there will be lighting ceremonies in Chatham, East Hanover and Florham Park.

The Madison Menorah Lighting on will take place on Sunday, December 22nd, the first night of Chanukah, at 5pm. The Mayor and town officials will take part in the lighting which is located across the street from the Hartley Dodge Memorial building on Kings Road at the Madison Train Station. 

Refreshments following the lighting will be served in the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building. 

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According to Chabad of SE Morris County, Chanukah, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of the few against the many, the weak against the mighty and the righteous against the wicked.  The festival also commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, during which only one day’s supply of oil for the Temple Menorah miraculously lasted eight full days, they said.  Traditional foods of this holiday are potato pancakes called “Latkes,” they are served with applesauce or sour cream and “sufganiot” or jelly doughnuts.  Both of these delicacies will be served at the menorah lighting.

Chanukah is celebrated for eight consecutive nights with the lighting of a nine-candled menorah, according to the group.  Eight of the candles are the same height; the ninth stands taller, and is called the “Shamash,” or the leader candle.  The Shamash is used to light the rest of the candles.  On the first night the Shamash lights one candle, on the second night two, etc. until all eight candles ate lit on the last night of the holiday, they stated.

“The Menorah represents the light and strength that we need to overcome the challenges we encounter in our everyday lives. Every person is like a candle, we each have the ability to brighten the world”, said Rabbi Shalom Lubin, Director of the Chabad Center.