Chabad Argentina celebrates Hanukkah with a great outdoor party for all society

Once again, the City of Buenos Aires was illuminated by the enormous nine-branched chandelier to “bring the light of Hanukkah to the world.”. From the hand of Chabad Argentina, This Wednesday after 8 pm, the central act of the 37th “Festival of Lights” began, which is being held in 2021 from the night of Sunday, November 28 to Monday, December 6. As is tradition, some time before the start, several people had already approached the “República Oriental del Uruguay” square, located at the intersection of Avenida del Libertador and Austria.

The ceremony is led by the rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt de Chabad Argentina (can be followed in and has the presence of prominent personalities from society and politics, as the Chief of Staff, Juan Manzur; the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta; the ambassador of Israel in Argentina, Angry Ronen; the president of DAIA, Jorge Knoblovits; and the holder of the AMIA, Ariel Eichbaum. In addition, it presents a novel and varied artistic proposal that includes a musical show, a drum and light show, among other surprises.

Juan Manzur and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta shook hands on their arrival at the square (Franco Fafasuli)

Although he has been organizing the Hanukkah festival in the City for more than a decade, Rabbi Levi Silberstein, Director of the Department of Events and Dissemination of Chabad Argentina, was more enthusiastic than usual a while before the start. “Last year COVID-19 limited the festivities. We managed to do the event with 500 people and thousands who connected virtually. While we know that the pandemic did not end, The fact of being able to meet again in this square, after years, to light the candles fills us with emotion and joy“, said to Infobae and he assured that the fact of sharing this celebration in an outdoor event, in which the whole society can participate, represents the values ​​of tolerance and diversity.

While, Maxi Bartfeld, producer and artistic director of the event, expressed to this medium, meters from the stage where a group of dancers were finalizing the details of a choreography: “We wanted to put together something different because, in addition to Hanukkah, we celebrated the reunion. We expect more than 2000 people ”. “There are more than 30 artists on stage and 14 live musicians. In addition, through the two screens we will transmit educational content. The purpose is, through Hanukkah, to celebrate the miracle of meeting us again ”, he added.

A few minutes from the start, the square was already a party: lights, music, children dancing and others photographing themselves in the corresponding banner that says “Hanukkah”. They also visited the different stands: some sell groceries, such as donuts, pretzels and ice cream, and others the classic kipot.

Already around 20, some politicians began to arrive. Soledad Acuña, the Buenos Aires Minister of Education, and the former Buenos Aires Head of Government, Jorge Telerman, were the first. Then they arrived Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture of CABA, and the deputy Waldo Wolff. A few meters away, two friends look at them curiously. They are Maru and Vicky, they are 21 years old and they met at the Carlos Pellegrini. “It is not the first time I have come. I like to celebrate Hanukkah because it reminds me of childhood. Before I came with my family, now I share it with friends ”, says Maru.

Along with the head of the Buenos Aires government, the deputy Waldo Wolff (Franco Fafasuli) was also present
Along with the head of the Buenos Aires government, the deputy Waldo Wolff (Franco Fafasuli) was also present

The event started with drums of water, lights, smoke and a group of dancers. At the foot of the stage a group of children imitated the steps. Thought for the whole family, immediately there was a moment specially prepared for the children: taking advantage of the two screens, the animated Hanukkah story was projected and caught the attention of the little ones.

After 8:30 p.m., Rodríguez Larreta took the stage, who upon his arrival in the square was much required by young people to take selfies and to thank him for his presence. “It is one of the most beautiful parties we have in the City, I thank you for inviting me. I want to thank you for the enormous joint work we did during the pandemic. They helped us a lot. I am proud to have worked with you, we have been doing it for many years, and that is why I love that you invite me, I never miss this party, the party of lights, the party in which the light is in families and in our hearts”said the head of the Buenos Aires government.

Around 9 p.m. the festive atmosphere turned to a more emotional moment. With a piano in the background, some officials, including Larreta and Manzur, went up to light the Shamash: the guide candle with which the others are then illuminated. Thus they were lighting one after the other, while the speaker of the event invited those who were watching it from their homes to repeat the same thing.

The rabbi then gave a speech. Tzvi Grunblatt. “Being here, this miracle, has to give us the strength so that when we get up in the morning we do the miracle of making the day a bright day, of good deeds, of helping another, of learning something. Every day of my life I have to go to bed having lit one more candle. When I go to sleep I have to think about what candle I added in my life today”Said the rabbi, who came down from the stage was highly applauded and shook hands with Manzur.

A little history

The so-called “Festival of Lights” is associated with a process of reflection, renewal and joy. The Jewish Hanukkah tradition states that for eight nights a candle from the candelabrum (Junukiá) should be lit as a reason for the celebration of the miracle of light.

In this edition, Hanukkah is celebrated from the night of November 28 to December 6
In this edition, Hanukkah is celebrated from the night of November 28 to December 6

The celebration dates back to a historical event that occurred more than 2,200 years ago. Janucá commemorates the courage of a small Hebrew group, the Maccabees, who rebelled against Antiochus’ army when he prohibited the observance of Judaism. The miracle of his triumph was followed by that of the oil in lighting the menorah (ritual chandelier), of the recovered Holy Temple of Jerusalem. What should last one day was enough to illuminate for 8 days.

For this reason, the custom is to light candles, starting with one on the first date and completing the junukiá of eight candles (candlestick of Janucá) the last night. The light is turned on to end the dark days and remember that miracles are possible. Each of the candles should have been lit at dusk each day and cannot be used for any other reason than reflection and contemplation.


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