Written by Joseph Manning, Warwick Township. This piece was first published on December 1, 2021 in Lancaster Online/LNP. In light of the recent hostage situation in Texas, we are reprinting it here with permission from the author.
I was disgusted to read that a beautiful menorah set up in Penn Square in Lancaster City was damaged by vandals. The lighting of the menorah begins the holiday of Hanukkah, a celebration of a biblical miracle that lasts for eight nights. In times past, I would not normally attend public events such as a menorah lighting or the lighting of a Christmas tree, but when I read that Rabbi Jack Paskoff urged friends of the Jewish community and local elected officials to stand with them on Sunday night for the lighting of the first candle, I had to go and be there in full support. My family rushed an early Sunday supper so I could attend. I was surprised and overjoyed that my daughter and her fiancé asked to join me. What better gift for Hanukkah than seeing your own values, embraced by your child.
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