In Support of the Jewish Community

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.

©️2022 Lancaster Speaks Up. All rights reserved.

This website is maintained by the founding members of Lancaster SPEAKS Up. All writing and art contained on this blog post represent the thoughts and opinions of its author only.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: