Chabad mobile hanukkiyot at Kotel
Chabad mobile hanukkiyot at KotelCourtesy

After great success with their mobile sukkot, activists of "Mobile Chabad in the Holy Land" recently finished assembling giant portable hanukkiyot candelabras in time for the Hanukkah holiday.

The mobile hanukkiyot, known as "Chabad mitzvah tanks," are to go around the major cities in Israel during the nights of the holiday and light the candles in public, observing the commandment of Hanukkah to publicize the miracle that occurred for the Maccabees in their revolt against the Greek occupiers thereby rescuing Judaism from oblivion.

Starting next Sunday until Tuesday, the mobile hanukkiyot will reach dozens of cities and towns nationwide and hold central lighting festivities with the participation of the wider public.

The height of the activities will occur next Tuesday with the last night of the holiday, when three central lightings will be held.

One will be at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof that was recently the target of a lethal terror attack in which terrorists brutally murdered four Jews at prayer, another will be at the Knesset, and a third at the Kotel (Western Wall).

Cities on the list to be visited by the "tanks" include Nazareth Illit, Kiryat Ata, Kiryat Shmuel, Haifa, Hadera, Netanya, Kfar Saba, Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Savyon, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Kiryat Malakhi, Kiryat Gat, Ofakim, Sderot, Beitar Illit and of course Jerusalem.

"All year and especially on Hanukkah our mobile activists reach cities and IDF bases to help citizens and soldiers fulfill the mitzvah (commandment) of lighting the Hanukkah candles," explained Rabbi David Nahshon, chairperson of "Mobile Chabad in the  Holy Land."

"We made sure to connect massive hanukkiyot to the 'tanks,' so that we will bring light and holiday joy to all of Israel, from IDF bases in the south to communities in the north," concluded Rabbi Nahshon.

"Chabad tanks"
"Chabad tanks"Courtesy