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NYC Mayor-Elect Eric Adams @ Menorah: 'We NY'ers know What the Rebbe Did for Us'
Chabad.org ^ | 2021/11/30 | Dovid Margolin

Posted on 11/30/2021 7:34:36 PM PST by NetAddicted

NYC Mayor-Elect Eric Adams @ Menorah: ‘We NY’ers Know What the Rebbe Did for Us’ Shares Chanukah message of hope By Dovid MargolinNovember 30, 2021 11:15 AM On the first night of Hanukkah, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams helped light the world’s largest menorah at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, sharing the message of Chanukah as taught by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. On the first night of Hanukkah, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams helped light the world’s largest menorah at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, sharing the message of Chanukah as taught by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. Speaking the first night of Chanukah from atop a cherry picker at the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at the corner of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams declared that “we know what the Rebbe did for all of us,” referring to the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Adams, the outgoing Brooklyn Borough President who earlier served as a New York State Senator representing parts of the borough including the Crown Heights neighborhood, was elected the 110th mayor of New York in November. Rabbi Shmuel Butman, the director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization in New York, which puts up the Yaacov Agam-designed menorah every year, made mention of Adams’ years of service in the New York City Police Department before running for elective office when he thanked New York’s Finest for keeping the overflowing crowd gathered to witness the menorah lighting safe and secure.

“The menorah stands as a symbol of light and determination for all people regardless of race, religion, color and creed,” said Butman.

Speaking from the 36-foot pinnacle of the menorah, Adams said that “as a member of the Brooklyn community, and the rich Crown Heights community, we know what the Rebbe did for all of us and how he spread the importance of Chanukah, and the celebrations that we are seeing all over the world now.” The Rebbe, he continued, directed the opening of “Chabad Houses … to spread the importance of living in unity so I’m proud to be here and participate in this moment as we bring our city back together.”

The Rebbe launched theChanukah campaign in 1973, encouraging one and all to reach out to those around them and share the light and message of Chanukah with their fellow Jews and humanity at large.

“The symbol of light is universal for all people on earth, Jews and non-Jews,” the Rebbe wrote to President Jimmy Carter, thanking him for his participation in the menorah lighting ceremony outside of the White House in 1980. “The intrinsic power of light, in that even a small light dispels a lot of darkness, is surely a source of inspiration to all men of good will with its eternal message of the eventual triumph of all that is good and bright in human life.”

The Yaacov Agam-designed menorah stands 32-feet tall at its branches, the tallest allowed according to Jewish law for a kosher menorah, with the shamash helper candle topping out at 36 feet. The Yaacov Agam-designed menorah stands 32-feet tall at its branches, the tallest allowed according to Jewish law for a kosher menorah, with the shamash helper candle topping out at 36 feet. As part of the Chanukah campaign, which today sees Chabad-Lubavitch distribute 700,000 tin menorah kits, 2.5 million brochures in 17 languages and 64 million menorah candles around the world, the Rebbe also encouraged the prominent public display of menorahs. The first public menorah went up in Philadelphia in 1974, followed the next year by a 25-foot menorah on Union Square in San Francisco. The Fifth Ave menorah first went up in Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza in 1977.

In 1985 the late Atara Ciechanover approached the Rebbe with a vision for a beautiful menorah to be placed at the crossroads of the world. With the Rebbe’s blessings, she drafted the sculptor Yaacov Agam to design the new menorah, which was met with the Rebbe’s approval. The Agam menorah, whose branches stand 32-feet high—the tallest allowed by Jewish law for a kosher menorah—with the shamash helper topping out at 36 feet, has gone up every year since. Every New York mayor since Abe Beame has participated in the lighting ceremony.

For many years, Adams (atop the cherry picker, second from left), who was elected the 110th mayor of New York in November, represented Crown Heights in the State Senate, a neighborhood the Rebbe insisted not be abandoned beginning in the 1960s. For many years, Adams (atop the cherry picker, second from left), who was elected the 110th mayor of New York in November, represented Crown Heights in the State Senate, a neighborhood the Rebbe insisted not be abandoned beginning in the 1960s. The Rebbe was a long-time citizen of New York who cared deeply for its state of affairs. When scores of city-dwellers fled to the suburbs beginning in the 1960s, the Rebbe held the line, insisting neighborhoods and communities not be abandoned, including his own in Crown Heights. When then-Mayor John Lindsay visited the Rebbe in 1968 amid widespread rioting and societal decay, the Rebbe told him that it was his and New York City’s “opportunity to show an example” of good governance for the entire “world.”

“We need each other, no matter how challenging it is, we know New Yorkers are resilient, strong and we’re people of faith,” Adams said in his message on Sunday night. “And I say to all of you and your families: Have a happy and safe Chanukah!”

When then-Mayor John Lindsay visited the Rebbe in 1968 amid widespread rioting and societal decay, the Rebbe told him that it was his and New York City’s “opportunity to show an example” of good governance for the entire “world.” When then-Mayor John Lindsay visited the Rebbe in 1968 amid widespread rioting and societal decay, the Rebbe told him that it was his and New York City’s “opportunity to show an example” of good governance for the entire “world.”

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KEYWORDS: chabad; chanukah; ericadams; hanukkah; jewish; judaism; menorah; nyc; orthodoxjew; rebbe; schneerson; therebbe
Chanukah begins with the Hebrew letter chet, which sounds like ch in Bach.
1 posted on 11/30/2021 7:34:36 PM PST by NetAddicted
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To: NetAddicted

I’m now totally impressed by Eric Adams.


2 posted on 11/30/2021 7:43:42 PM PST by NetAddicted ( Just looking)
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To: NetAddicted

Nice comments from Mr. Adams. And Happy Hannukah to all.


3 posted on 11/30/2021 7:47:13 PM PST by Tax-chick (Nature, art, silence, simplicity, peace. And fungi.)
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To: NetAddicted

There’s an Establishment out there to clean up the Left side of the Democrats and Adams won that fight in the primary election rigged to be a race of preferences as opposed to a straight up down vote on individual candidates.

Sort of like the system the Alaska RINO’s rigged up to help Lisa Murkowski in the Senate race next year.

Adams will make good speeches and plenty of them he ain’t no AOC and won’t talk “Woke”.


4 posted on 11/30/2021 7:53:47 PM PST by Nextrush (FREEDOM IS EVERYBODYS BUSINESS, REMEMBER PASTOR NIEMOLLER)
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To: NetAddicted

Not going to play well with the Farrakhan black nationalists, BLM or antifa. I’m not a fan of Adams, but he is probably about as moderate as we can hope for a NY Dem.


5 posted on 11/30/2021 8:38:11 PM PST by ETCM
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To: NetAddicted

Rebbe? How hard is it to pronounce “Rabbi”?


6 posted on 12/01/2021 2:26:27 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (I went to bed on November 3rd 2020 and woke up in 1984.)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Rebbe is what they call him, since he’s a tzadek.


7 posted on 12/01/2021 5:08:27 AM PST by Lisbon1940 (No full-term Governors (at the time of election))
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To: NetAddicted
Adams may bring back some hope for sanity in NYC.

New York has been hit hard with major crime in the past, always because demonRAT pols had their hand in the cookie jar and did not want to offend the far left.

Again, it's gone too far and maybe Adams will help right the ship.

I lived in Manhattan for about 2 years in the 90s {mayor dinkens} when they set the death record of 2,000+ murders in a single year and the Rudy got elected and turned it around.

Maybe it could turn around if adams is serious about crime prevention...we'll see.

8 posted on 12/01/2021 5:14:20 AM PST by USS Alaska (NUKE ALL MOOSELIMB TERRORISTS, NOW.)
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To: USS Alaska
I lived in Manhattan for about 2 years in the 90s {mayor dinkens} when they set the death record of 2,000+ murders in a single year and the Rudy got elected and turned it around

I lived in Fun City for 57 years, from LaGuardia to Bloomberg. I spent the 90s working in Washington Heights, Harlem and the South Bronx. Once Rudy's second term was over and the NY GOP crowned the life-long liberal Bloomberg as their standard bearer, I had a case of deja vu. I saw the second coming of Republican John V. Lindsay.....so I got out!
History has proven that decision to be right, and this clown Adams, even if he truly has the betterment of NYC in his heart, will not fare well.

9 posted on 12/01/2021 6:46:44 AM PST by Roccus (Prima di ogni altra cosa, siati armati!)
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To: Roccus
History has proven that decision to be right, and this clown Adams, even if he truly has the betterment of NYC in his heart, will not fare well.

I hope you are wrong, but the odds are on your side.

I liked NY because I was living in a suite at the Sofitel, paid for by my company, and covering all of my expenses.

If I were paying, I'd have stayed at some shithole in NJ and taken the train in every day.

The company finally got fed up with my life style {on their dime} and gave me a choice, which I took and left NY for a different company.

10 posted on 12/02/2021 4:36:38 AM PST by USS Alaska (NUKE ALL MOOSELIMB TERRORISTS, NOW.)
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