Lighting of giant menorah begins Chanukah observance

Chabad of Vermont will ignite a giant public menorah erected at the corner of Main and South Prospect Streets on the first night of Chanukah, which falls on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 pm. The ceremony is open to the public. Following the menorah lighting, latkes and donuts will be served, and each child will receive a Chanukah gift.

The public menorah lighting was organized by Chabad’s Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin, who remarked,

“The menorah serves as a symbol of Burlington’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride. Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Burlington’s menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

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