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World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah on Fifth Avenue by Central Park

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The World’s Largest Chanukah

Menorah will be proudly standing at New York’s most fashionable plaza,

Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and

the Pierre Hotels. The first candle will be lighted on Tuesday evening

December 16, and the full Menorah will be lighted on Tuesday evening

December 23. All weekday lightings are at 5:30 PM. Over the years the

World’s Largest Menorah was lighted by New York City Mayors, Abraham

Beame, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg,

Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and David Paterson, United States

Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Schumer, as well as many other

dignitaries.

“The Menorah stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, strength and

inspiration, delivering a timely and poignant message to each person

on an individual basis,” said Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director

Lubavitch Youth Organization.

DESIGNED BY WORLD RENOWNED ARTIST YAACOV AGAM AND CERTIFIED BY

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

The Menorah was certified by Guinness World Records as the World’s

Largest. It was specially designed by world renowned artist Yaacov

Agam who lighted the Menorah many times. It was inspired by a hand

drawing by the Rambam (Maimonides) of the original Menorah in the Holy

Temple of Jerusalem.

REBBE PERSONALLY APPROVED MENORAH

The Menorah stood in miniature on the desk of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

who personally approved its form. The Rebbe wanted this Menorah to be

the world’s largest and when there was talk about making a large

Menorah in another city the Rebbe asked for that city’s Menorah to be

smaller.

The 32-foot high, gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure will be

lighted nightly with genuine oil lamps. Specially designed glass

chimneys will protect the Chanukah lights from the Central Park winds.

Due to the height of the Menorah, it will be lit nightly with the help

of a Con Edison “cherry-picker” crane as well as two lifts that lift

the lighters to the “Menorah Heights.”

“REBBE LIKED THIS MENORAH”

“The Rebbe liked this Menorah,” said Yaacov Agam. “The Rebbe sent me a

special letter thanking me, emphasizing that ‘where ever there is

light there is shadow.’”

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO VIEW MENORAH

The lighting of the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah is always the

central event of Chanukah for the millions of residents of New York

and visitors to the Big Apple. It is also a favorite with the

International media who put the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah in

the center of their “Chanukah story,” bringing the World’s Largest

Menorah into the homes of hundreds of millions of people throughout

the world.

GRAND MENORAH PARADE

On Shabbos (Saturday) evening, December 20th, the Grand Menorah Parade

of over 300 Menorah vehicles will take place. The Parade will leave

Lubavitch World Headquarters at 7:00 PM and will pass by the World’s

Largest Chanukah Menorah at 8:30 PM.

HOT “LATKES” ON FIFTH AVENUE

Sunday evening, December 21st, a special Chanukah celebration will

take place at the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah. The celebration

will include live music, singing and dancing, “Chanukah Gelt” for the

children and hot “Latkes” (potato pancakes), the traditional food of

Chanukah, will be distributed to everyone. “We want people to ‘taste’

the tradition,” said Rabbi Butman.

A CAMPAIGN FOR MILLIONS

New York’s most popular radio stations, WCBS and WINS, will carry a

steady Chanukah call to millions of people to “Come light the

Menorah.” The message by Rabbi Butman is for everyone to light the

Menorah in their own home, “It’s exciting, it’s triumphant. It’s many

voices as one cheering light over darkness, joy over sorrow, freedom

over oppression.”

“The prominence of the Menorah carries an additional message,” adds

Rabbi Butman. “The Rebbe teaches that soon there will be another

light, an eternal light, the eternal light of Moshiach, the eternal

light of the Great Redemption.”

The lighting schedule for the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah is as

follows:

Tuesday, December 16 - 5:30 PM Wednesday, December 17 - 5:30 PM

Thursday, December 18 - 5:30 PM Friday, December 19 - 3:51 PM Shabbos

(Saturday) evening, December 20 - 8:30 PM Sunday, December 21 - 5:30

PM Monday, December 22 - 5:30 PM Tuesday, December 23 - 5:30 PM

Media Contact: Morris Jacobs, 917-287-7770

This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging

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