Happy Hanukkah from The Brooklyn Paper

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Here it is, folks, your classic First Night of Hanukkah photo — Mayor Bloomberg lighting the Park Slope menorah. Let there be light.

Hanukkah continues for seven more crazy nights. Check out Borough President Markowitz’s own menorah-lighting ceremony tonight at Borough Hall. The main differences? Marty ain’t the mayor — and he won’t go up in a cherry picker.

Borough President Markowitz’s menorah lighting at Borough Hall [209 Joralemon St. at Court Street in Downtown, (718) 802-3700], Dec. 2, 5:30 pm. Free.

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Reasonable discourse

mike from parkslope says:
Now when is the Nativity scene going to be put out for display for the millions of Christians who celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas). The Menorah is a religious symbol for the Jewish faith. It is ironic that we have millions of sons and daughters of the Christian faith defending the rights of many and yet they would be denied the right to have displayed a symbol of their faith.
Dec. 2, 2010, 11:46 am
B from B says:
FYI, the courts have ruled on the matter, but people should know that this menorah, as well as many other public ones, is the work of the Lubavitcher Hassidic sect from Crown Heights, a sect that was in the news some years back for carrying on that their (now deceased) leader was the Messiah. They are not mainstream Jews, not even among the Orthodox, though many do not realize this.

The mainstream orthodox celebrate Hannukah enthusiastically on their own, but do not seek to place large menoras all over the place, like the Crown Heights sect.
Dec. 3, 2010, 1:22 pm

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