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Rabbi lights giant menorah in Clinton Square for start of Hanukkah

The Syracuse Fire Department lifting Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport into the air to light the first branch of the menorah.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For the fifth time in the last 100 years, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began on Christmas Eve.

The eight day long tradition started at sundown Saturday night and for the 34th year an almost 15 foot public menorah was lit in downtown Syracuse.

Dozens of Central New Yorkers came out to Clinton Square for the annual lighting of the menorah.

A ladder truck from the Syracuse Fire Department hoisted Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport into the air to light the first lantern of the giant oil menorah.

Families who came out were treated to cider and treats while reciting prayers.

For the next week one candle will be lit on the menorah until the conclusion of Hanukkah on January 1st.

A schedule of times for the lighting of the Clinton Square menorah in the days to come is as follows:

  • Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse.
  • Sunday, 4 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse.
  • Monday, 4 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse.
  • Tuesday, 4 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse.
  • Wednesday, 4 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner attending.
  • Thursday, 4 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse
  • Friday, Dec. 30, 3:40 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse
  • Saturday, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse

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