Chanukah News from Yerushalayim

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menorah1.jpgYWN 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)


4 COMMENTS

  1. Thats what you get when you have Ger & a Non frum Mayor!!!!
    This is just the beginning of many changes which the frum people will start to see in Yerushalayim!!

    May all of Klal Yisroel be zocheh to see the Geula Shleima!!

  2. This has nothing to do with the mayor in Jerusalem. Get your facts straight. With a charedi mayor we had gay parades. What else good did the charedi mayor do, lets see – did he erect a billion shekel middle finger statue to welcome peopel to the holiest city in the world?

  3. #1Stam: #2 is probably right just like the mayor had no say against the filth parade. It’s more likely the judges in the antisemitic court who’d do anything to spite the Jews in general and chareidim in particular. YWN’s next story is a typical non-surprising verdict from this court.

  4. it is a sad day when ones diminishes the light of Chanukkah especially the light of Chabad
    even a Gerr Chossid looks in awe & wonder at the Menorahs