Hanukkah menorahs lit at sites of terrorist attacks around world
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Hanukkah menorahs lit at sites of terrorist attacks around world

Bnei Akiva emissaries lead lighting ceremonies in Amsterdam, Germany, Manchester and Jerusalem

David Rogovoy, the World Bnei Akiva emissary to Germany, lights a menorah on outside the Berlin Christmas market where a truck deliberately drove into a crowd last year. (Screen capture: Facebook)
David Rogovoy, the World Bnei Akiva emissary to Germany, lights a menorah on outside the Berlin Christmas market where a truck deliberately drove into a crowd last year. (Screen capture: Facebook)

Young Jews in several countries lit Hanukkah menorahs at sites targeted by terrorist attacks to signal their solidarity with victims and celebrate resilience.

The ceremonies, organized by members of the World Bnei Akiva youth movement, included one lighting at the HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, where earlier this month a 29-year-old Palestinian smashed the establishment’s windows while holding a Palestinian flag. The assault happened one day after President Donald Trump announced that the United States considers Jerusalem Israel’s capital.

“I’m here to light a candle for the security and safety of the Jewish community of Amsterdam,” Avichai Meyer, the movement’s emissary to the Netherlands, said at the event earlier this week.

מאירים את החושך באמסטרדם!

מאירים את החושך!ימים קשים עוברים על עם ישראל, פיגוע בירושלים, תקריות אנטישמיות באירופה, הרבה חושך. עם חושך יש דרך להתמודד – אותו מגרשים עם אור. וזה בדיוק הרעיון של חנוכה. בווידאו שלפניכם אביחי מאיר (Anael-Avichai Meyer), שליחנו באמסטרדם, חוזר למסעדת כרמל שחוותה רק לפני ארבעה ימים מתקפה אנטישמית, בכדי להאיר. אנחנו מזמינים אתכם להצטרף לאביחי ולהעלות סרטוני-סלפי ממקומות המסמלים חושך. לעמוד באותם מקומות, להאיר אותם, להגיד כמה מילים טובות ולהדליק גם איזה נר אם יש לכם. ביחד נגרש את החושך. פרוייקט חנוכה יוצא לדרך!!! שתפו!!!#LightUpTheDarkness

Posted by ‎בני עקיבא העולמית World Bnei Akiva‎ on Monday, 11 December 2017

David Rogovoy, the emissary to Germany, lit his menorah outside the Christmas market where a truck deliberately drove into a crowd last year on December 19, killing 12 and injuring 56. One of the casualties was an Israeli woman named Dalia Elyakim.

Rogovoy said he was lighting the candles “In honor of those who are not with us, and those people who were wounded and injured in terror attacks all over the world.”

Light Up The Darkness in Berlin Market

David Rogovoy returns to the Berlin market that suffered a terror attack last year in order to #LightUpTheDarkness!!! 12 people lost their lives in the attack, including Dalia Elkayam, z"l.Video by Adi Rogovoy 🙂

Posted by ‎בני עקיבא העולמית World Bnei Akiva‎ on Thursday, 14 December 2017

The activists filmed the lightings and posted them on the World Bnei Akiva Facebook page under the hashtag #LightUpTheDarkness. Thousands have watched the videos.

In Israel, Bnei Akiva members filmed a menorah lighting outside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station, where a security guard, Asher Almialach, was severely injured in a stabbing incident this month.

In England, Benaya Cohen lit candles at the entrance to the Manchester Arena, where in May a suicide bomber murdered 23 people and injured over 500 at a concert in one of the country’s bloodiest terrorist attacks ever.

Light Up The Darkness at the Manchester Arena

Benaya Cohen returns to the Manchester Arena, where last May a suicide bomber killed 23 and injured over 500, in order to #LightUpTheDarkness!!! Join World Bnei Akiva Chanukah Project and SHARE!בניה ומעיין כהן

Posted by ‎בני עקיבא העולמית World Bnei Akiva‎ on Saturday, 16 December 2017

Meanwhile, in the United States, Bnei Akiva members filmed a candle lighting at the Houston home of a member, Maya Wadler, whose home was ravaged by flooding during Hurricane Harvey.

“We hope and daven [pray] that this year will bring us pleasant weather and rains of blessing,” Wadler said.

Bnei Akiva is the largest Zionist youth movement in the world, with tens of thousands of members in dozens of countries.

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