Lighting of Giant Ice Menorah at Ice on the Landing

Celebrating Hanukkah

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – On Thursday, Chattanooga residents gathered to celebrate Hanukkah in an effort to prompt holiday awareness.

To help kick off the event – a parade of menorah lit exotic cars drove through downtown to the Chattanooga Choo Choo for the lighting of a giant ice menorah.

Rabbi “Hanukkah carries the universal message of freedom of religion and freedom of all types of persecutions. So we lit a big menorah. To bring the message that a little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness,” says Rabbi Shaul Perlstein, Chabad of Chattanooga.

On Thursday, people of all faiths consider the 8 day winter “festival of lights” to be a symbol and message about the  triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. 

“Hanukkah is the holiday where the small band of Maccabees overpowered and got victory over the Greeks that were oppressing their right to live the way they wanted. When they came back to the temple that was devastated they were searching for a little jug of oil to light the menorah and bring some light. When they finally found the small little jug instead of burning for one day burned for all 8 days,” says Rabbi Perlstein.

The unprecedented public display of Hanukkah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life, forever altering the American practice and awareness of the festival. 

“We are very blessed to be in a country like the United States of America where different faiths can express their faiths and appreciation for God. In my view it binds us and brings us closer together,” says Representative Yusuf Hakeem. 

For more information about the Hanukkah holiday click here.

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