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First night of Hanukkah celebrated in downtown Wilmington

Sunday night marked the first night of Hanukkah. It will last for seven more nights. Sunday the Temple of Israel in downtown Wilmington celebrated the festive occasion with an afternoon service. Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Meccabean revolt. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. The lighting of the menorah played a large part in the service. Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman said, “We light the candles to show our warmth for each other, our willingness to share for each other, in other words the celebration of Hanukkah is a lot like the celebration of Christmas this time of year, and also the celebration of Kwanza and the celebration of so many faiths that believe in the forces of love over the forces of fear.” After the service, the members of the congregation gathered outside the temple to light a special, recently restored menorah. They will light one light on the menorah every night for the next 7 nights.

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