YWN has learned that Jerusalem Municipality officials are giving Chabad a difficult time regarding the placement of electric menorahs in the capital, demanding for the first time various engineering and electrical inspections and permits not required in previous years.
The Shaliach to Rechavia & Nachlaot neighborhoods, Rabbi Aaron Hurwitz, tells YWN that he has placed them in the past and even uses a licensed electrician to ensure the placement is safe and does not pose any hazard whatsoever.
He added that his year, especially following the Mumbai terror and Chabad’s extra emphasis of “spreading the light of Torah,” it is especially frustrating to have Jerusalem officials complicate an already difficult task. “This year the Chabad House of Rechavia & Nachlaot hopes to have six menorahs throughout the neighborhoods, three of which are over three meters tall,” Rabbi Hurwitz explained.
In other Chanukah news, Mayor Nir Barkat and Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger will on Sunday night take part in lighting the first Chanukah light at the Kosel.
The first light of Chanukah will be special in Kfar Chabad, a tribute to Rav Gavriel Noach Hertzberg HY”D. There will be no candle lighting at the Mumbai Chabad House on the first night Kol Chai Radio reported but Rav Shimon Rosenberg, Rebbitzin Rivka Holtzberg’s HY”D father plans to be in Mumbai to light the eighth Chanukah light.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)