So what if there was a bit of rain? That didn’t stop Congregation B’Nai Abraham and supporters from gathering at Brooklyn Borough Hall to witness the annual tradition of lighting a giant menorah to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.
There was festive music, a warm batch of latkes and much dancing for those who showed up.
Carefully secured inside a white cherry picker on a Con-Edison truck, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin and state Sen. Daniel Squadron were guided toward the menorah.
“One little candle can dispel a lot of darkness and that freedom overpowers oppression,” said Rabbi Raskin.
Despite having a sore throat, Squadron recited the three blessings and leaned over to light the candle.
“You can see this menorah from one end of Brooklyn to the other, from the Statue of Liberty to Newtown Creek. Happy Hanukkah,” said Squadron, as he lit the menorah.
Yedidya Saadya, a local from Bed-Stuy, was one among those who attended.
“It helps us come together and support one another; especially in these trying times, its always good to recount how our creator has protected us and helped us in the past and is sure to do it again,” said Saadya.
The second day of Hanukkah will be observed with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams lighting the menorah.