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Traffic Light Extinguishes Giant Menorah

A giant Chanukah menorah that was to light up a New Jersey city was put out of commission when it hit a traffic signal. Repairs are underway.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/12/2009, 10:21 PM / Last Update: 12/12/2009, 10:18 PM

David Gard for The Star-Ledger

A giant Chanukah menorah that was to light up a New Jersey city was put out of commission when it hit a traffic signal. Repairs are underway, and local Chabad officials are hoping they will be able to light the menorah during the eight-day holiday that began Friday night.

 

The menorah in the city of Monroe is the larg4estin the state, measuring 32 feet high and 21 feet wide, and it was erected by the local Chabad Jewish center. Two Holocaust survivors were planning to light the menorah in a public ceremony before the Sabbath on Friday.

 

However, it fell over and hit a traffic signal. “I would have liked it to be up for the first night of Chanukah,” Chabad Jewish Center Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky told the local Star-Ledger newspaper.

 

He said he did not suspect foul play.

 

Repairmen are making welding repairs to the menorah, which was modeled after the national menorah in Washington. The menorah was modeled after the national menorah in Washington, D.C., which stands at the Ellipse Park.