Massive Menorah to be Lit in Statehouse to Mark Hanukkah

Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman of Congregation Lubavitch, left, and Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, right, light the center candle of an oversized menorah at the Statehouse, in Boston, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, during ceremonies to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state politicians are joining representatives of Massachusetts’ Jewish community to light an 18-foot menorah in the Statehouse to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.

The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at the Grand Staircase.

The menorah is so big that the Republican governor, other state leaders and Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman will have to be hoisted in a scissor lift to light it.

The ceremony will include a musical interlude featuring the U.S. Navy Band and vocal presentations by students from the Schechter Day School.

The event is co-sponsored by Congregation Lubavitch Synagogue in Brookline.

The eight-day festival commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians in the second century BCE.

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