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Northfield becomes the latest town to host a community menorah lighting with inaugural event

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Northfield becomes the latest town to host a community menorah lighting with inaugural event

The menorah is presupposed to be seen, in line with Rabbi Zelik Moscowitz, of The Friendship Circle in Northbrook, making community menorah lightings a symbolic gesture of Hanukkah’s meaning as much as a celebration of the vacation itself.

Moscowitz led the primary such ceremony in Northfield on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Clarkson Park. While Northfield has long displayed a public menorah, that is was the primary 12 months a celebration was held to light the menorah.

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Mendel Moscowitz, 2, enjoys a doughnut during Northfield’s Hanukkah ceremony.

Community members gathered on the lawn of Clarkson Park to light the menorah’s candles, specifically the sixth candle for the sixth day of Hanukkah. Northfield Police William Lustig lit the shamash, or helper/center candle, to kick off the festivities, which continued indoors with more activities.

“The aim of the menorah is to be in public and display freedom of faith,” Moscowitz said. “It symbolizes the strength of sunshine, especially this 12 months with a lot negativity. The most effective option to counter that’s with light and with goodness. The menorah represents the ability of goodness to combat darkness.”

Northfield was probably the most recent community to mark Hanukkah with a public gathering. The Village of Winnetka held its ceremony on the identical evening, Tuesday, Dec. 12, while Wilmette (Dec. 10), Glencoe (Dec. 10), Kenilworth (Dec. 9) and Highland Park (Dec. 2) also welcomed residents to mark the vacation this month.

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