Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller celebrated the fifth day of Chanukah with Chabad Shluchim in the country’s capitol.
The senators were aided by Rabbi Mendel Cunin of Chabad of Northern Nevada, Rabbi Chaim Cunin and Rabbi Yosef Cunin of West Coast Chabad, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom Synagogue. This is the fourth year Senator Reid has joined leaders of the Jewish community in the Capitol building to light the Chanukah menorah in celebration of the holiday.
At the event, Chabad saluted Senator Reid for his decades-long efforts to achieve a modern-day Chanukah miracle for the sacred Schneerson books and manuscripts, seized by the Soviets and Nazis over 70 years ago, that await their freedom from Russia to their rightful home in the United States.
Rabbi Herzfeld brought a unique menorah by Israeli artist Yaron Bob, crafted out of a terrorist rocket that was launched at innocent civilians living in Sderot, Israel. It was transformed into a peaceful instrument of light and illumination, in the spirit of the words of the Prophet Michah, “They will beat their swords into plowshares…“
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