Fifth night of Hanukkah celebrated with Grand Menorah lighting in Longmeadow

Hampden County

Thursday night marked the fifth night of Hanukkah. 

The Grand Menorah was lit on the Longmeadow Town Green in celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

There were six flames on the fifth night of Hanukkah, because of the shamash, the main torch used to light the others.

One Longmeadow woman told 22News lighting the menorah in public is important, because of the history of the original Hanukkah miracle. When one night’s oil lasted for eight nights. 

“They were fighting for religious freedom,” said Esther Kosofsky. “Freedom to keep their faith in their world and the fact that we’re able to do this publicly in Longmeadow is a tribute to the openness of America and the Longmeadow community.”

Hanukkah ends this Monday, December 10. 

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