The Giant Menorah at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah, hosted New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio for the lighting of the Shamash on the first night of Chanukah ● The Menorah is a project of Chabad of Park Slope, directed by Rabbi Shimon Hecht ● Full Story, Pictures
Article By: CBS New York
Pictures: Bill De Blasio Facebook Page
Families across the Tri-State area celebrated the start of Chanukah Tuesday night.
As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, Mayor Bill de Blasio was lifted high into the air in a cherry picker Tuesday evening for the lighting the world’s largest menorah in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.
He briefly seemed to have some difficulty getting into the Con Edison cherry picker, but once at the top, he used a blow-torch to light the shamash – the center candle used to light the others.
“Brothers and sisters, this wonderful day, gathered together, I say happy Chanukah to everyone; happy Chanukah to New York City,” the mayor said.
Rabbi Shimon Hecht joined the mayor in the cherry picker, and lit the first candle – in this case, actually a propane lantern.
“The lighting of the menorah, bringing light into the dark world that we living today, is so necessary. And let’s hope and pray this menorah will illuminate the entire world,” Hecht said…