NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World's Largest Chanukah Menorah stood proudly this Chanukah at New York's most fashionable plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels and registered a Chanukah festival of International light.
Over the years, the World's Largest Menorah was lighted by New York City Mayors, Abraham Beame, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio and Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and David Paterson, United States Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Schumer, as well as many other dignitaries.
"The Menorah stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, strength and inspiration, delivering a timely and poignant message to each person on an individual basis," said Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director Lubavitch Youth Organization.
DESIGNED BY WORLD RENOWNED ARTIST YAACOV AGAM AND CERTIFIED BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
The Menorah was certified by Guinness World Records as the World's Largest. It was specially designed by world renowned artist Yaacov Agam who lighted the Menorah many times. It was inspired by a hand drawing by the Rambam (Maimonides) of the original Menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.
REBBE PERSONALLY APPROVED MENORAH
The Menorah stood in miniature on the desk of the Lubavitcher Rebbe who personally approved its form. The Rebbe wanted this Menorah to be the world's largest and when there was talk about making a large Menorah in another city the Rebbe asked for that city's Menorah to be smaller.
The 32-foot high, 28-foot wide, plus 4 feet for the Shamash, (central candle) gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure, was lighted nightly with genuine oil lamps. Specially designed glass chimneys protected the Chanukah lights from the Central Park winds.
Due to the height of the Menorah, it was lighted nightly with the help of a Con Edison "cherry-picker" crane and two lifts that raised lighters to "Menorah Heights."
"REBBE LIKED THIS MENORAH"
"The Rebbe liked this Menorah," said Yaacov Agam. "The Rebbe sent me a special letter thanking me, emphasizing that 'where ever there is light there is shadow.'" The Rebbe wanted this Menorah to be the largest. When another group wanted a similar Menorah the Rebbe said that it should be smaller than this Menorah.
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS VIEWED MENORAH
The lighting of the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah is always the central event of Chanukah for the millions of residents of New York and visitors to the Big Apple. It is also a favorite with the international media who put the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah in the center of their "Chanukah story," bringing the World's Largest Menorah into the homes of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.
GRAND MENORAH PARADE
On Monday evening, December 26, the Grand Menorah Parade of over 300 Menorah vehicles took place. The Parade left Lubavitch World Headquarters at 5:00 PM and passed by the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah at 6:45 PM. "Standing on the Menorah lift and watching the Menorah Parade move by was encouraging, gratifying and, indeed, heart-warming," said Rabbi Butman.
HOT "LATKES" ON FIFTH AVENUE
Every Chanukah evening a special Chanukah celebration took place at the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah. The celebration included music, singing and dancing, "Chanukah Gelt" for the children, jelly donuts and hot "Latkes" (potato pancakes), the traditional foods of Chanukah.
"The prominence of the Menorah carries an additional message," adds Rabbi Butman. "The Rebbe teaches that soon there will be another light, an eternal light, the eternal light of Moshiach, the eternal light of the Great Redemption."
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SOURCE Lubavitch Youth Organization