Religions and Spirituality

Yorktown Lights Menorah

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Police Chief Robert Noble lights the shamash. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Rabbi Yehuda Heber sings some Hanukkah songs. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown got in the holiday spirit Tuesday, Dec. 12, for the annual lighting of the Hanukkah menorah at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. The ceremony was organized by the Chabad of Yorktown and Rabbi Yehuda Heber.

“The Hanukkah lights remind us, in a most obvious way, that illumination begins at home, within oneself and one’s family,” Heber said.

The ceremony was held on the first night of Hanukkah and Supervisor Michael Grace and Police Chief Robert Noble lighted one candle and the shamash—the “attendant” candle that is used to kindle the other lights.

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“Light is the symbol of the divine in our lives and without the divine in our lives, we have nothing,” Grace said.

Hanukkah originated more than 2,100 years ago when a small army called the Maccabees defeated the Syrian Greek army. The Jewish people took back the Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it with a menorah lighting, Heber said. He said the lighting of the menorah is “a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.”

“It is a timely and reassuring message, for the forces of darkness are ever-present,” Heber said, encouraging those in attendance to light their own menorahs at home and place them in the windows for all to see.

Following the lighting, the Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department dropped gelt (chocolate coins) onto the field from a ladder truck

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