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The light and warmth of Chanukah

 

Shaina Zibell

Hundreds come to enjoy the Chanukah Celebration at Chabad of South Orlando.

A tiny drop of light dispels even the greatest darkness; this is the true message of Chanukah. Rabbi Yosef Konikov, founder of Chabad of South Orlando, delivered an inspiring message on the power of light over dark, and good over evil to a crowd of over 400 people at the community Chanukah party at Chabad on Sand Lake. The celebration, which had crafts for the kids, snow cones, cotton candy and a 10-foot snow slide in addition to other things, was special because of its truly warm atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, and the party had so many of the community members involved. Teens were running the different booths and men and women from the community were running the barbecue and welcome table. Wherever one looked, a friendly face smiled back.

A local from the area who had not been to Chabad before, stopped by when he saw the party taking place. He approached Rabbi Konikov and said, "I don't know most of the people here, but in this crowd, I feel like I am with family."

His words rang true for everyone celebrating Chanukah there. Even with such a crowd, the event had an intimate feeling. As night fell, Rabbi Konikov lit the menorah accompanied and aided by Brett Kingstone, and Richard Harary. As they kindled the Chanukah candles, the light and warmth of Chanukah could be felt by each person in the crowd.

 

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