Happy Chanukah!

by Joseph McKeown


 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York.

Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York.

Last night I visited the World's Largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, just north of Prospect Park. At thirty-two feet tall (the maximum allowed by Jewish law), this Menorah, sponsored by the Chabad in Brooklyn, has been a yearly tradition in Grand Army Plaza since 1985. With assistance from a Con Edison cherry-picker, Rabbi Shimon Hecht is joined by community leaders, philanthropists, and special guests in the lighting ceremony. Every night the celebration is accompanied with live music and hot latkes for all, and special gifts are distributed to every child.