Menorah lighting in downtown Nashville symbolizes start of Chanukah

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Chanukah begins Tuesday night, and Mayor Megan Barry helped light the city’s Menorah in downtown Nashville to celebrate.

The mayor stood alongside the Chabad of Nashville as the lightning took place at 5 p.m. The event was open to the public in front of the courthouse near the steps of Public Square Park along Third Avenue North.

Chanuka Gelt, donuts, and dreidels were distributed to everyone who attended.

“It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, director of Chabad of Nashville.

“In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the lighting of the Menorah. Today, too, we kindle an additional candle each night of the holiday, teaching us to rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place, by performing additional acts of kindness and goodness every day of the holiday,” the rabbi continued.

Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression, and light over darkness.