By Angel Cristobal
(City of Doral) On Monday, December 19th, at 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Doral Park (8395 NW 53rd Street) the community join to the new authorities of the City to show their holiday pride when the menorah was lit and recognized all their first responders for keeping the citizen of Doral safe during the holidays and always.
With the presence of newly elected mayor Christi Fraga and the Commissioners, Rafael Pineyro, and Maureen Porras, the lighting ceremony of the nine-branched Menorah corresponding to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, was conducted by Rabbi Avrohom Brashevitzky (Chabad Jewish Center of Doral) who explained to those present the details of how each of the Menorah’s candles is lit, and whose story we will tell after the following video of the beautiful celebration.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Revolt of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire.
The Maccabees were a group of Jewish rebels who rebelled for several years after the Seleucid Empire (a state Greek from 312 to 63 B.C. c. that sought to suppress the Jewish religion) turned his Second Temple into a place for pagan-Jewish worship syncretic.
In the year 164 a. c., the rebel Jews were able to recover their temple and in the celebration, they lit his lamp, but even though they only had enough oil to maintain a flame for a day, miraculously managed to stay lit for eight days.
This is the reason why Hanukkah is commemorated by lighting a chandelier with nine branches (a menorah), since a branch is used to light the other eight and one lights up every night until the end of the festivity when lit by completely.