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  12/2/2013, Kislev 29, 5774

Daily Menorah Lighting at J'slm Site Opened on Shabbat


A daily Chanukah menorah candle lighting ceremony has been taking place every night of Chanukah at the Tahana Rishona (First Station) complex in Jerusalem. The historic Turkish train station dating back over 100 years was refurbished and opened with restaurants and coffee shops this summer. Controversially, although some restaurants are strictly kosher, others are not and are open in Shabbat with music and other outdoor activities. Rabbi Avraham and Dina Hendel of Beit Levi - Chabad of Baka said that rather then protest, they have chosen to set up a large menorah for the entire community. "There is a spiritual glow this Chanukah at Tahana Rishona, thanks to daily menorah lightings at 5 PM, including lively music, dancing, and the distribution of delicious doughnuts," Rabbi Hendel stated. "Jews of all religious affiliations and backgrounds have been invited from the crowd to light the huge menorah and recite the brachot." On Tuesday evening, the candle lighting ceremony will be in memory of local community member Ira Feldman who died unexpectedly two weeks ago.