World’s Largest Menorah Shining Bright In Midtown

Steve Burns
December 23, 2019 - 1:18 pm
World’s Largest Menorah

Steve Burns/WCBS 880


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The world’s largest Menorah is shining bright this Hanukkah right in the heart of Manhattan.

Just days after the deadly shootout inside a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, the Jewish community gathered in droves to Midtown to watch the largest Menorah be lit for the first night of the eight-day celebration.

“This is the largest Menorah permitted by Jewish law. It is 36-feet tall,” said Rabbi Shmuell Butman.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, the rabbi had to use a cherry picker to get to the top of the massive structure.

He told the crowd of onlookers that the symbol is there to remind the community of their strength.

“Hanukkah stands as a symbol of light and hope,” he said.

Rabbi Butman added that it's clearer than ever that the Jewish people can overcome difficult times.

“There's a lot of darkness in this world this year and we're just across the river from Jersey City,” he said.

The menorah this year has even more lights extending from it's base all the way to the top of each branch.

“We wanted more illumination. More light to dispel the darkness of anti-Semitism,” he said of the decorations.

The message of Hanukkah remains the same over the years, he says: Survival, perseverance and strength.