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article imageSix-foot menorah set in concrete foundation to thwart thieves

By Sandy Sand     Dec 10, 2009 in Lifestyle
There’s an old saying that if it ain’t nailed down, someone will take it. In this story, possibly the Grinchiest Christmas of all, nails weren’t enough to secure a Chanukah menorah from thieves -- concrete had to be used.
The foundation is set in place and the placing of a six-foot menorah in the center of the park inside the traffic circle in Old Towne in Orange, California, is complete and ready for the public lighting ceremony for the first night of Chanukah at 6 p.m. on Friday.
All this was done in an effort to prevent thieves from stealing the menorah, which occurred last year, officials said.
This the third year that Temple Beth Sholom will mark the first night of Chanukah, said Rabbi Heidi Cohen. Members of the Santa Ana-based congregation will host the lighting ceremony every night for the eight nights of Chanukah.
“In the case of this one, we’re screwing in the light bulbs,” Cohen said. “Traditionally, you light the candles.”
Cohen added: “They said they had a menorah and usually had a city worker do the lighting. They offered it to us. (The ceremony is) short and sweet and really fun.”
A brief blessing, songs and Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil) for the children are all part of the ceremony. Each night one additional candle is lit until all eight nights are represented.
Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Macabee revolt, when as the story goes, there was only enough oil to keep the eternal flame lit for one day; but miraculously it remained lit for eight days.
Park Plaza is home not only to the Chanukah menorah, but is a festive central area that is decked out for all holiday celebrations.
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