SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A menorah lighting ceremony was held at Court Square in Springfield Monday afternoon.
Rabbi Kosofsky was joined with Mayor Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal, state Senator Eric Lesser, and community leaders for the community menorah lighting ceremony. Students from Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy were also in attendance.
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of the ancient Jewish nation over their oppressors. 22News spoke with Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy who told us about the significance of the menorah lighting ceremony.
“The menorah has been a symbol of religious freedom,” said Rabbi Kosofsky. “Also the symbol of light for each of us and be that light. We are very fortunate to be able to celebrate at Court Square in downtown Springfield.”
The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah began on Sunday evening.