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The lighting of the first candle of Chanukah – “A small amount of light banishes a great amount of darkness”

We salute the widows, orphans and disabled of the IDF: The first night of Chanukah candle-lighting took place in the presence of the Minister of Defense and the Chief Rabbi of Israel in honor of IDF widows, orphans and disabled.
The lighting of the first candle of Chanukah took place this evening (Sunday) at the Western Wall Plaza with the theme “A small amount of light banishes a great amount of darkness”.  It was an evening of appreciation for IDF disabled soldiers and their families with faith and hope that the small light of a single candle will banish darkness and shed great light.
The event took place in the presence of: Israel’s chief rabbi, Rabbi David Lau; the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz; Defense Minister Lieutenant-General (res.) Benny Gantz; the minister of innovation, science and technology, Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen; the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mordechai (Suli) Eliav; Chairman of the Jerusalem region of the IDF Disabled Organization, Chairperson of the Organization of IDF Widows and Orphans, Tami Shelach, Shlomi Nachumson; Director of the Organization for IDF widows and orphans and their representatives, Tomer, Shira, and Yuval and their families, and the public.
Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General (res) Benny Gantz: ” We are very close to the site of where the Chanukah miracle took place. You can see it as a miracle that the jug of oil was found, and you can see the miracle in that there was someone who looked for it. The courage was displayed by people and the courage depended on unity in the nation. We have to always find that combination between the nation’s unity and its courage, whatever the challenges may be. We pray for the welfare of the wounded and strengthen the orphans and widows. We will work for everyone. And as I always say when I come to the Kotel, may there be peace upon us and peace among us.”
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation: “We are pleased to announce here this evening, in the presence of the Defense Minister and representatives of IDF disabled soldiers, that beginning next year, any disabled IDF soldier who would like to come to the Western Wall Tunnels sites with his/her family during the week of appreciation for IDF disabled soldiers will be able to arrange a special visit at no cost in appreciation of the great contribution of IDF disabled soldiers toward protecting the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, the heart of the Jewish nation.”
Chanukah candle-lighting events will take place every evening during Chanukah at the Western Wall Plaza and will be broadcast live on the Western Wall website as well as on a huge screen at HaBima Square in Tel Aviv.
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Credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation

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The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
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