UNION, NJ – A public lighting of the Menorah took place on Monday, the second day of Chanukah, in front of the Union Public Library with Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom, residents and township officials.

Mayor Delisfort, along with Deputy Mayor Florio and Committeeman Figueiredo, presented Rabbi Kanelsky with a proclamation, proclaiming the annual Menorah Lighting in Union, celebrating the Festival of Lights.

Chanukah is also known as the Festival of Lights, an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE.  Before the Temple could be reopened, it had to be cleaned.  The lamps needed to be filled with pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest for the menorah, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. Only one flask was found with enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil.  An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.