On Monday a Menorah was lit at a ceremony in the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. The program featured a message by Rabbi Eli Langsam, Rabbi of Chabad of Peoria and the Menorah was kindled by Representative Lou Lang (D) 16th District – Assistant Majority Leader. The ceremony was covered by many news stations.
In a remarkable demonstration of transforming darkness to light and tragedy to inspiration, the candles were part of a worldwide campaign to recall the victims of the Mumbai tragedy and to promote acts of goodness and kindness. The theme of Chabad’s Chanukah ceremony this year is “Add your flame and let goodness catch fire.”
Rabbi Langsam explained: “Chanukah celebrates the universal message that light can indeed defeat darkness. In the aftermath of the Mumbai tragedy this Chanukah program will create an unprecedented awareness of the power of joy and light as represented by the Chanukah holiday and the kindling of the Menorah.”
The Menorah display at the Illinois State Capitol was organized by the regional office of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois with the help of State Senator Ira Silverstein.