Jewish festival of lights at Brandenburg Gate

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3 December 2004 , 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 C

3 December 2004

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.

DPA

Subject: German news

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