SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People of all ages, backgrounds, and genders gathered in Springfield’s Court Square, on Tuesday, for the city’s menorah lighting. Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno assisted Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky as attendees looked on.
The eight-day celebration started Saturday. The reason the Court Square menorah was lit on Tuesday was because Saturday was the Shabbat, during which fire may not be handled.
Rabbi Kosofsky told 22News the significance of having a menorah in Court Square for all to see; “The light of the menorah symbolizes God’s holiness. Whatever I do, I can connect with God and bring holiness into this world.”
Bryna Kosofsky of Longmeadow said it was important for her to pay respect to her ancestors; “Well, it’s important to remember the miracle of Hanukkah, and to remember where we come from and what our ancestors went thru. So it’s more important for me to pay tribute.”
Hanukkah, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” started more than 2,000 years ago. The lighting of the menorah signifies a miracle, when the menorah in the Jerusalem Temple remained illuminated for eight days on barely enough oil for one day.
Rabbi Kosofsky compared it to having your phone last for 8 days with only 10% of the battery life remaining.
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