FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Hanukkah celebration continued Tuesday with the lighting of the third candle on the menorah at the Civic Center.
The menorah is provided by the Chabad Jewish Center of North Dakota. Hanukkah began this year on Sunday, December 2nd and will end on Monday, December 10th.
The celebration of lights recalls the victory of the Jewish people who defeated the Syrian Greek gods that had overrun ancient Israel and desecrated the temple and oils prepared for the lighting of the menorah, which was part of the daily service.
The Jewish people discovered one jar of oil left, enough to burn for one day, but it lasted for eight. In commemoration, Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting a menorah.
Chabad Rabbi Yonah Grossman runs the Chabad Jewish Center of North Dakota. He says it’s important to carry on the ideals of spreading kindness.
"I think it's beautiful to carry on the Jewish tradition in North Dakota, that goes back to the founding of the state and to be able to continue, that is just wonderful," said Grossman.
Rabbi Grossman continued that in the aftermath of the events that unfolded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were 11 people were killed at a synagogue after a gunman opened fire, the message of spreading light is so important.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught that you cannot banish darkness with a stick. The only way you can get rid of darkness is by increasing light and that’s what we’re here to do tonight.”
Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to enjoy live music, holiday treats, as well as arts and crafts.