Menorah Lighting Granted Moscow’s Sole Permit

Only through the personal intervention of Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar was permission granted to hold the public menorah lighting in streets of Moscow; the only public event permit given in the past seven months.

By Anash.org reporter
Photos: Levi Nazarov

At the point when everything seemed impossible, the miracle came at the last minute, on the morning of Erev Chanuka. In minus 10 degrees, dozens of workers assembled the tall Chanuka menorah which stands at the foot of the Kremlin walls in central Moscow, Russia.

Only through the personal intervention of Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar to the mayor of Moscow, rare permission was granted to hold the public menorah lighting in streets of Moscow; the only public event permit given in the past seven months due to coronavirus restrictions.

The event was held without the usual large in-person crowds who instead participating through the live broadcast of the national media and other communication outlets. Millions of spectators from all over the country tuned in to watch the lighting, bringing the miracle of Chanuka to their homes.

During the days of Chanuka, many warm greeting arrived daily at the office of the chief rabbi, including from Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the Speaker of Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin, governors and district heads.

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