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Hanukkah takes its place among Galleria’s celebration of the holidays

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 9:01 am

SOURCE + Photos:  YourHoustonNews.com

Houston’s Galleria has always been known for its spectacular Christmas decorations, but on Tuesday night, the focus was on the spectacle of Hanukkah as a 12-foot menorah designed especially for the Galleria was lit on the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. It’s the first time Hanukkah has been observed at the shopping mecca, sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch Outreach of Houston.

In a brief program at the location between Macys and Nordstrom, there were acknowledgments from dignitaries, music from a children’s choir, and Hanukkah treats and small gifts.

But the highlight was the lighting of the menorah. Local artist Isaac Cohen was commissioned to create the work, which reaches upward in the shap of the Magen Shlomo -- the Shield of Solomon and the Lone Star of Texas.

“The holiday of Chanukah contains a universal message for people of all faiths; namely that good will ultimately triumph over evil, freedom over oppression, light over darkness,” said Rabbi Moishe Traxler, director of Chabad Outreach of Houston. “The Chanukah Menorah teaches us yet another message: Just as we kindle an additional candle each night of the holiday, so too must we perform additional acts of kindness and goodness. We must not be satisfied with the goodness performed yesterday.”

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