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Menorah Lights Add To Holiday Spirit In Downtown Detroit

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Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov stands with the menorah near Cadillac Square .

Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov stands with the menorah near Cadillac Square .

DETROIT (WWJ) – There is something new adding to the festive spirit in downtown Detroit. A silver and blue menorah has been place along Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit.

Rabbi Kasriel Shemtov spoke to WWJ’s Pat Sweeting about the significance of the menorah.

“The Menorah something that lights up the world. The menorah was the candelabrum in the Holy Temple and now we have it at our homes, we have it at our centers, were we can teach the world that a little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness,” said Shemtov.

The Detroit Design Center helped construct the 24-foot steel and glass menorah.

The universal message that Hanukkah carries is transmitted by the light from the eight candles the menorah holds.

“Light representing acts of goodness and kindness, lights that come from our inner soul to share with the world around us, and make the world a brighter place,” said E.T. Shevikoff.

Lighting of the menorah in public centers is part of a long-standing tradition said Shevikoff.

The fifth night of Hanukkah will be celebrated by a special public lighting ceremony at Cadillac Square on Wednesday.

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