Borough President Melinda Katz, Rabbi Eli Blokh of Chabad of Rego Park, and more than 50 people celebrated the first night of Chanukah at Federoff Triangle Park in Forest Hills on Sunday, December 2.
Before lighting the candle on the 16-foot menorah, Rabbi Blokh mentioned the Pittsburgh shooting by asking the many who are good to do positive deeds to combat the few who are wicked.
More than 25 cars with menorahs on top were guided by the police. Students from Yeshiva Gedola Lubavitch in Forest Hills and from Crown Heights joined in with dancing. Chocolate coins were thrown from the cherry picker. Doughnuts and menorahs were handed out.
Chanukah celebrates the victory of the small Jewish army against the Syrian-Greek Empire. When the Jewish Holy Temple was re-dedicated, the oil for the Menorah that was meant to burn for one day burned for eight days. Foods made with oil, such as potato pancakes and doughnuts, are eaten.
By David Schneier