SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The holiday season is here. Community leaders, children, and dozens of members of the community gathered in Springfield’s Court Square Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.
The eight-day celebration of lights commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the victory over the Syrians. Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky told 22News the Menorah symbolizes hope, freedom and determination.
He said the lesson of the Menorah is especially relevant after Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and the chocolate shop siege in Sydney, Australia.
“This is something that’s affecting everyone in the world, and the Menorah stands as a beacon of light, a beacon hope and a beacon of truth,” Rabbi Kosofsky said.
Hanukkah continues for eight days and ends on the evening of December 24th.