Jerusalem’s Hanukkah Menorah Breaks Records

December 4, 2018

by: Inbar Tvizer and Eli Mendelbaum

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The Hanukkiah is a nine-branched candelabra used in the celebration of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. (Illustrative)

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 | One of the world’s biggest Hanukkah menorahs [nine-branched candelabra celebrating the Festival of Lights], measuring 11 meters [36 feet] tall and 56 meters [118 feet] wide, was erected on top of the Hadar Mall in Jerusalem, where it can be seen from any spot around the capital.

“We did a thorough examination, and there’s no bigger menorah around. There was one in Tel Aviv in 2013, but it was smaller than this one. We wanted a Guinness world record but we were too late—maybe next year,” said the mall’s CEO Eyal Scoza.

The menorah’s construction took ten days and included a team of 110 people, mostly mall employees. It’s made of six tons of metal and covered in a fabric lined with LED lights. The mall representatives refused to comment on the project’s cost.

On Sunday, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon and the city’s Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern lit a candle at the record breaking menorah. “I stand here excited before a Jerusalemite audience that came here to celebrate a holiday that unites all of us—secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox,” said Leon.

“We’ve come to Israel to establish a Jewish state, and we have the privilege to light Hanukkah candles in our own country,” said Rabbi Stern. “Our joy is greater than that of all previous generations, who lit candles in foreign lands. May we be blessed with security, peacefulness, health, and a good, kind and modest leadership,” said Stern.

Posted on December 4, 2018

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on December 3, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Hannah Taylor/Bridges for Peace