Menorah Vandalized Right Before Start of Hanukkah

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Hanukkah began at sundown, and Jews in Union County are celebrating the season after dealing with damage done by vandals.

Members of the Jewish community lit the menorah at Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg Sunday evening.

The six-foot menorah was damaged sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. It was cracked, and some bulbs were stolen.

But people were able to fix it in time to light it for the first night of Hanukkah.

The lighting was followed by a party featuring Hanukkah treats and crafts for kids.

9 comments

  • Daryl Fisher

    “Dradle dradle dradle, I made it out of clay. And when it’s dry and ready, with dradle I shall play.”

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Is Hufnagle Park a privately owned park? And if not, why is it OK for Jews to put up a menorah to celebrate their RELIGIOUS holiday, yet when Christians put up a cross or star (Honesdale), the FFR gets their panties all up in a wad and threaten to sue. I didn’t know one was ok, the other is not

    • beekeeper

      I don’t know the details about Hufnagle Park, but if equal access is given to all to display … whatever … then groups like FFR (freedom from religion) have much less of a basis for a legal challenge. In addition to that, if they complained about a repressed minority, they might end up looking bad (Christians are neither oppressed nor a minority).

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        A Christmas tree is not technically a religious symbol, but a Nativity scene is. Tell me if you see any on public property this year.

      • J (@ds18301)

        Actually a tree at this time (aka Xmas tree) is very much indeed a religious symbol (generally of life and related to the solstice) and has been for countless millennia by many religions (some Judeo-Christian in origin and others (e.g. Norse) often pejoratively referred to as “pagan”). The menorah, by the way, is NOT a religious symbol (it itself is not venerated or worshiped) but a remembrance of a putative historical event.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        The menorah is indeed a religious symbol to the Jews, signifying the miracle of only having one container of specially-prepared olive oil left to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days. Not only are you wrong again, but you more than proved my point about Christmas trees by using “Xmas”. Happy Holidays.

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