RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – It was a miracle of lights Wednesday night as families gathered at Ridgefield’s Ballard Park to celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah.
The event started in the dark, with no lights around the gazebo where the menorah lighting was to take place. Chanah Deitsch of Danbury encouraged everyone to turn on flashlights and cellphones to help light the way to the gazebo and keep everyone safe.
“This represents life, this is what life is all about,” said Rabbi Sholom Deitsch of Chabad of Ridgefield. “Even though we experienced dark, we brought out the light and the celebration and everyone was so excited.”
Everyone was having fun. For 9-year-old Ava Lopes, it the lighting of the menorah was her favorite part of the evening and the whole holiday. When asked what she liked most she said, “Probably lighting the menorah and hanging out with my family.”
Tiffany Schwarz from New Fairfield brought her three children to the lighting for the first time. “It’s just nice to experience community and to bring what they’re doing on a weekly basis to the family,” she said.
The lighting of an outside menorah is very traditional, said Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield. Menorahs are also lit in windows so that they can illuminate the community and bring everyone together, he said.
“Hanukah is about bringing light and creating light and joy, so even though its dark this evening we’ll be lighting the menorah and that will bring much light to all of us,” Eisenkramer said.
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