December 4, 2013
People shared their celebration of the last night of Hanukkah with others in Charlottesville.
The University of Virginia's Rohr Chabad House held a lighting of a menorah on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. This was the twelfth year the Chabad House has lit a menorah on the mall.
Mayor Huja joined the group for lighting the candles and singing to mark the 8th night of the Festival of Lights.
"It's no change from 2,000 years ago to today. We still have the opportunity to publicize the miracle just like it happened originally in the time of the temple," said Rabbi Shlomo Mayer, who runs the Chabad House with his wife.
"Because we're proud of Hanukkah. And we're Jewish," Eitan Haas explained when asked the reason for the night.
Haas lit one of the candles on the menorah.
"Oh, it was really nice," Haas said of the event. "It was really nice to see everybody."
Rabbi Mayer said that, in addition to representing the story of Hanukkah, lighting an increasing number candles each night shows the increasing good people can do.
"Us human beings have the opportunity to bring more light, each and every day, into this physical place. So, we are not happy with what we did today only. We want to increase in our acts of goodness and kindness towards other people."
Afterwards, people could eat donuts and latke potato pancakes, both made with oil, to recognize the importance of oil in Hanukkah.
The Chabad House serves the community at UVa and in the Charlottesville area. If you're interested in the Chabad House, it hosts events throughout the year. You can visit their website here.
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