About a thousand Odessans celebrated the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah today and lit the first candle in a ritual lamp on Primorsky Boulevard.
According to the Dumskaya correspondent, they were greeted by the mayor Gennady Trukhanov and the chief rabbi of Odessa and the South of Ukraine Abraham Wolf.
The Hanukkah holiday reminds of the events of the Jewish uprising, which in 166 BC was led by the Maccabi brothers (Maccabees). After the expulsion of the Greco-Syrian invaders, they resumed service in the Jerusalem temple and re-lit the fire in the ritual temple lamp. According to legend, then a miracle happened, and small reserves of oil were enough for 8 days.
In memory of this event, Jews around the world annually celebrate a holiday, during which eight candles are lit in every house for eight days.
For Jews, Hanukkah is a merry holiday; children are especially happy about it. According to Abraham Wolff, every day there is more light around Hanukkah, and this is a symbol of renewal, optimism and hope. Accordingly, the holiday on Primorsky Boulevard was held “in style” – there were children’s performances, and a fire show, and fireworks, and treats, and dances with a DJ, and a lottery.
The first candle on the lamp installed on the stage was lit by Rabbi Avraham Wolf, and the first lamp on the improvised menorah near the monument to Duke was turned on by Gennady Trukhanov. He warmly congratulated the residents of Odessa and noted that optimism and faith in the future is what is needed now for all of us.