Public Menorah Lightings: Yea or Nay?


The “Editor’s Note” (‘Your Say’, Dec. 19) is summarily contradicted by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s “But by My Spirit” in the very same issue. This learned d’var Torah knows nothing of “various halachic decisors’” justification of public menorah lightings in violation of the Talmud.

Quite the contrary: The estimable O.U. luminary sharply contrasts the “garish, commercially motivated” Christian celebrations with the “relatively modest manner in which Judaism celebrates Chanukah.” Orthodox Judaism, Weinreb holds, is content to “let other religions celebrate their holidays as they wish: colorfully, dramatically and publically. By way of contrast, he stresses, that for authentic Judaism, “the mitzvah is … every person with his family.”

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