Kent M. Swig, President Swig Equities, joined Rabbi Shmuel Butman of the Lubavitch Youth Organization to light the world’s largest Chanukah Menorah on December 2, 2021, the third night of Chanukah, in New York City.
“This year’s celebration marks another milestone year for me to be honered with an invitation from Rabbi Butman to light the Chanukah Menorah. The Menorah is a great symbol for the Jewish people, and it is also a beacon of hope and light for all New Yorkers as we now seek a safe path in the rememgrence of our great City from the pandemic,” said Swig.
The menorah is located at Fifth Avenue in front of the Plaza Hotel and is a 32 foot high 4,000 pound steel structure that features genuine oil lamp and glass chimneys to proterct the light from strong winds . It was designed by world-renowned artist Yaacov Agam.
“The Menorah is a symbol of freedom and democracy for all people, and each individual takes inspration from the Menorah in their own personal way,” said Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Director of Lubavitch Youth Organization.
Jews celebrate Chanukkah by lighting candles each night in a Menorah, an eight branch candlelabra with a ninth elevated branch known as the shamash. The shamash is lit first and is used to light the other candels each night of the Chanukah holiday. The holiday of Chanukah clebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Syrians were chased from the Holy Land in 165 B.C.E. It also marks the miracle of the eight days the menorah burned with simply one day’s amount of oil.