Happy Hanukkah! To celebrate the holiday, I'm repeating what I did last year with WXYZ's Fifth annual "Menorah in the D" lighting event.
The fifth annual Menorah in the D lighting event is happening on Sunday in Campus Martius Park.Here's what the Detroit Free Press wrote about the event.
A shoulder-to-shoulder crowd packed Campus Martius Park tonight to witness the ceremonial lighting of downtown Detroit's giant menorah and to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.Looked like it was a lot of fun. Speaking of fun, also look at Geeky and nerdy menorahs for Hanukkah, which has been getting some views from web search today.
Jewish community leaders, Mayor Mike Duggan and others stood on a mechanical lift that carried them to the top of the 26-foot-tall menorah, made of steel and glass. A torch lit the candle as onlookers said blessings.
Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov, of the Shul in West Bloomfield, said the lighting of the menorah symbolizes the light of godliness and goodness that is within us all. The celebration of Hanukkah recalls the miracle of a small jug of oil lasting eight days during a time when the Jewish people were oppressed by the ancient Greeks.
"That pure oil that we have inside of us cannot be defiled," Shemtov said during an address to the crowd before the lighting. "Let us illuminate the heart of a friend. Let us illuminate the community and the world."