Lighting the way: Menorah lighting enters third year of downtown Nevada City tradition | TheUnion.com

Lighting the way: Menorah lighting enters third year of downtown Nevada City tradition

"God gave us an obligation, to illuminate the world," Chabad of Grass Valley's Rabbi Nochum Yesewitz said to the crowd gathered for the third menorah lighting ceremony to take place at Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City.

Rabbi Yesewitz dedicated Thursday evening's ceremony to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting where 11 people were killed in October.

"If we maximize the gifts that God gave us, we can change the world," Yesewitz said. "I will do everything in my ability to extend my arm, and see the reach that we can accomplish."

Prior to the lighting of the menorah ­— a sacred candelabrum used in Jewish worship during Hanukkah — attendees were treated to traditional Jewish treats, music, dancing and juggling performances from The Dancing Rabbi's from Brooklyn, New York.

"Let's reflect as we light the menorah tonight," Yesewitz said. "What is another good deed that I'll do to spread more light and change the world to combat the darkness and illuminate the entire world."

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