Lighting the Largest Menorah in Mississippi

Another Christmas might have come and gone, but it’s still the holiday season. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah lasts for eight days each year.
The Chabad of South Mississippi hosted the lighting of the state’s largest menorah at Edgewater Mall, inviting the public to join in the celebration.
The festival lasts for eight days and eight of the nine candles on the menorah are symbolic of the history of the Jewish people, dating back to when the Jews revolted against the Greek empire and rededicated the Temple of Israel to their faith, one day’s worth of sanctified oil burned in the menorah for eight days.
Akiva Hall with the Chabad of South Mississippi said, “Jewish people are a very small and persecuted people throughout history, through every situation that happens to us, we always pull through. We believe with God’s help the Jewish people are still around today. Hanukkah for the Jewish people represents our ability to stay here. We’re still here thousands of years later. We’re strong and we’re not going anywhere. For the world at large, Hanukkah is a time to remember that every person, no matter how small we may feel or how dark the world is, we’re all able to do our part and make the world a better place.”
The Jewish Festival of Lights started on December 24th and will not end until next year because the final day will fall on January 1st.

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