Saturday, December 4, 2004

Hanukkah at the Brandenburg Gate


BERLIN - A movement of Orthodox Jews is to mark the Jewish festival of lights next week at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin for the first time ever, with the city's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, promising to light the first Hanukkah lamp.

The group, Chabad Lubavich, said the lamps to be lit 7 December next to the monument would stand 5 metres tall.

"The light of Hanukkah shows that freedom and democracy will triumph over darkness and tyranny," said Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, director of Chabad Lubavich in Berlin.

The group is also putting up similar lights outside the White House in Washington and in Red Square, Moscow.

The Jewish festival commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces in 165 B.C.


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.