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Berel Lazar, Yuri Luzhkov, have opened major Jewish holiday

December 21 2008
20:45

In Moscow Manege ploschali Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, lit the first candle Hanukkah vosmisvechnika - to mark the beginning of one of the most cheerful and bright Jewish holidays - Chanukah.

Huge metal vosmisvechnik mounted on a pedestal as high as a human growth front an arena, against the backdrop of the Kremlin, seen from afar. Fire it will be maintained at all times in all days of the holiday, and every evening there will be light one new candle.

According to Rabbi Lazar, a Jewish homes on this day light a little candle, and it is symbolic.

"Lighting a small candle, we can do a lot - even the small steps we can change the world, fill it with light," - "Lazar said. "The holiday of Hanukkah - a celebration of light, goodness. Lighting the Chanukah candles, we are increasing the presence of goodness in this world" - added the rabbi.

Yuri Luzhkov, in turn, noted that "it has already become a tradition: we remember that soon the New Year, only when there are lighting the first candle." According to Luzhkov, the holiday of Hanukkah is a holiday for all the world, peace and goodness, which cultivates the Jewish community, wrote Pravda.ru.

Congratulating the Jewish community of Hanukkah, Luzhkov expressed his willingness to fight xenophobia, chauvinism and anti-Semitism, "firmly uphold" the principles of interethnic and interreligious harmony, good-neighborliness and friendship.
The mayor also touched on the problems of the global financial crisis, noting that in the coming year will be difficult. " "But we will charge the city. There will be increased levels of social guarantees for the elderly", - assured Luzhkov.

According to him, the next year also will be a year exemption from the tax burden for small and medium-sized businesses. The mayor promised to support large enterprises, so they do not fire people.

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