Ontario takes part in Festival of Lights with menorah procession – Daily Bulletin

Chabad of the Inland Empire hosted a menorah lighting celebration and procession on Thursday evening, Dec. 22, in Ontario Town Square.

People gathered in the city’s town center around a menorah standing over 9 feet tall to bring in the fifth night of Hanukkah with bright lights, traditional food cooked in oil, and games and crafts for the kids.

After the lighting, a procession of cars with menorahs on their roofs took to the streets, bringing light to the entire city.

“The light is referring to all the good deeds that we did and we are going to continue doing,” said Rabbi Sholom Harlig, of Chabad of the Inland Empire. “And when we see the candles lit it reminds us that every year, Hanukkah, we get a new strength from God that comes into the world.”

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a commemorative festival which celebrates the miracle of the oil in the temple which lasted seven days and eight nights after the temple was damaged during a war with the Syrian army in 139 BCE.

The Jewish people repaired, cleansed, and rededicated the temple and when they went to light the traditional candelabra they could only find a small jug with enough oil to keep the candelabras lit for one day.

As they waited for a new batch of oil, the small jug of oil burned for seven days and eight nights, and that is the miracle of Hanukkah.

In memory of that event the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah and light the candles each night to remember the miracle.

“That is the lesson to take out of Hanukkah,” said Rabbi Sholom Harlig. “Even though the world might be a little bit dark, some difficulties in America and different parts of the world, we should take the lesson from Hanukkah that each one of us, we have light with in us to make the world a better place.”

Hanukkah started Dec. 18 and will end Dec. 26.

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