Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-12-06 00:56:02 –
Colorado Springs, Colorado — Local leaders joined the Jewish community on a fresh, windy Sunday night at Acacia Park for the Illuminated Colorado Springs Hanuka Unity Celebration.
The event is Colorado Springs Jewish Community Chabad..
“We celebrate Hanukkah. It’s fun to be part of the community. Hanukkah is a really special holiday,” said Ronit, who came to the park with his family and enjoyed the event.
Habad members brought homemade donuts and Kosher hot dogs for the crowd to have a light meal. They sang and danced to live performances from the bandshell stage.
“Hanukkah is very special,” said Rabbi Boaz Vituk. “Hanukkah represents the light that overcomes the darkness, Hanukkah represents unity, and Hanukkah represents the place where there is a descent where we can climb much higher than before.”
Historically, Hanukkah celebrated the Jewish victory over the rulers of Greece and Syria during the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BC. Rabbi Boaz joked that the donut was a continuation of that rebellious spirit.
“As you know, the Greeks were all good looking and everything else,” he said. “So the Jews eat donuts so that we don’t change shape or shape like the Greeks.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, Police Chief Vince Niski, Fire Chief Randy Royal, and County Mayors Holly Williams and Longinus Gonzalez joined Boaz on stage to attend the menorah lighting ceremony. Despite the gust of wind, all eight roars were lit.
Daniel, who came with Ronit and his children, said that the symbol of illuminating the candelabra of the main branch applies to everyone.
“We are all the light of the world and can bring lighting,” he said. “That’s a big point. If we all do our part, we all do a little bit and the world will be a better and brighter place.”
And Rabbi Boaz said that light is a powerful force, even on windy nights.
“You illuminate the life of someone else, your life is illuminated, and when you illuminate the life of another, you bring atonement to this world.”
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