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Customs – Erfurt:Congregation lights candles on Hanukkah candlesticks

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The first light shines on the Hanukkah chandelier in front of the town hall in Erfurt. Photo: Michael Reichel / dpa-Zentralbild / archive image (Photo: dpa)

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Erfurt (dpa / th) – The Hanukkah festival of lights has also begun for Thuringia’s Jews. At the start of the eight-day religious festival, representatives of the Jewish state community and the city of Erfurt light candles on a Hanukkah candlestick in front of the town hall on Monday after sunset. Lighting candles together has become a tradition in the state capital. Among other things, the chairman of the community, Reinhard Schramm, and Lord Mayor Andreas Bausewein (SPD) are expected. Then mulled wine and donuts are served – traditionally, dishes containing oil are eaten with Hanukkah.

Hanukkah lasts eight days and commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC. Unlike the menorah, the seven-armed chandelier of Judaism, the so-called Hanukkiah has eight arms. Another candle is lit with each feast day, so that this year all eight are lit on December 30th. An additional ninth candle on Hanukkah candlesticks is used to light the other candles.

The city is working on an application to have the medieval Old Synagogue and the mikveh, a ritual bath, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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