Joe Biden won't be riding the cherry picker to the top of the National Menorah Tuesday afternoon; instead he'll light the a symbolic shames candle from the ground while others will ride up to light the first candle of Hanukah for the 4 p.m. ceremony on the Ellipse behind he White House.
Command the Children of Israel and they shall take to you pure olive oil, beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn tamid, constantly. [Shemot 27:20]
The placement of these verses is curious, as the more appropriate place would have been in last week’s parsha, together with the making of the menorah. The verse also stresses not just the lighting of the menorah, but the donating of the oil for that sake. In this way, it echoes last week’s parasha that opens with a command to donate various items to the making of the Tabernacle.
Two 15-year-olds from Lake Ronkonkoma, L.I., were arrested Wednesday by detectives of the Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Unit and charged with criminal mischief for damaging a menorah Monday in Raynor County Park, Ronkonkoma, L.I.
The teenagers, who were charged as juvenile delinquents, were given field appearance tickets and released to the custody of their parents. They are scheduled to appear in Family Court in Central Islip at a later date.
(JTA) -- A Catholic civil rights organization is accusing Boca Raton, Fla., of discrimination for buying and displaying menorahs in public buildings without including a nativity scene.
"The City of Boca Raton is effectively discriminating against Christians by allowing one religious symbol, namely the menorah, to be displayed in public buildings, while censoring nativity scenes," Catholic League President Bill Donahue said in a statement issued Tuesday.