Local Rabbi Prepares for Hanukkah CelebrationPublished: Monday, December 19, 2011 7:00 am By: Redmond Zmudzien (email) 12/18/11 Source: The Daily Dobbs Ferry - Main Street Connect
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - With Hanukkah beginning Tuesday night, Rabbi Barry Kenter of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center is gearing up for the holiday that is considered the "Festival of Lights".
“During the week we're doing a candle lighting as part of our religious school and it’s our kickoff for the PJ library series, which we’re a part of,” Kenter said.
The PJ library is a program that sends free Jewish children’s books and music to families on a monthly basis, which the center has partnered with.
The eight-day holiday means different things to different people, but it’s an important day for all those who celebrate it regardless.
“It’s a family holiday it connects people,” Kenter said. “It’s a tradition, it celebrates religious freedom and it’s a connection to Jewish continuity.” Bringing people together is one of the most important parts of the holiday as Jews across the globe continue this ancient tradition.
“Each night there’s a candle lighting so that on the first night you light one candle, then on the second night light two, then three until you get to the last night when they’re all burning,” he said.
If you’re looking for advice or tips on different ways to celebrate Hanukkah, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center website offers information such as where to light the menorah and when. Kenter said the best place to put a menorah is outside the doorway of your house on the left side when coming in or lit in a window facing outward. Timing can also be important too as Kenter said on the website the best time to light the menorah is immediately at nightfall.