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Public Menorah burns bright at Riverfront Park

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SPOKANE, Wash.- Nearly a hundred people came out to Riverfront Park in Spokane Sunday night to watch Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers light a 15-foot Menorah on the sixth night of Chanukah. The Congresswoman lit one of the most important candles on the Menorah, the middle candle which signifies the importance of public service. 

"It's certainly an honor to join the Jewish community in celebrating Chanukah and I love what the Menorah represents. As we light the candles on the Menorah tonight, it's representing the difference that each person can make and it's really a challenge to each one of us to be a light in the community," McMorris Rodgers said.

This is the third year Rabbi Yisroel Hahn from the Chabad of Spokane has held a public Menorah lighting ceremony in Spokane. Rabbi Hahn said this is not just for the Jewish community. No matter your religion or beliefs the message of public service is universal. 

"The candle is an infinite power. The fire can light an infinite amount of candles. When you light your own candle you push away a tremendous amount of darkness and that message is universal. That's why we light the Menorah outside and we light it at the darkest time of the year because that's our mission. To shine, give warmth, and light the world by performing one good deed at a time, one day at a time," Rabbi Hahn said.

The Menorah burning brightly at Riverfront Park is one of at least 10,000 burning all over the world, symbolizing a message of religious freedom and the importance of serving the community you live in.

As the ceremony came to a close and the crowd began to disperse, Rabbi Hahn left with these departing words, "When you encounter darkness in your life, when you encounter darkness in the world, your response is to light up your own world. By performing good deeds, you will influence the world around you."

Rabbi Hahn says if you are in need of a Menorah or Menorah candles, you can contact him at rabbi@jewishspokane.com.

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