Woodstock lights up solar menorah

Woodstock lights up solar menorah

Summary: New York community wasn't previously able to light its public menorah, since it is displayed on a village green that isn't wired with electricity.


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Leave it up to Woodstock, N.Y., to be willing to challenge tradition. The town (famous for the infamous 1969 music festival) will light a solar-powered menorah to honor Chanukah. A local rabbi pieced the menorah together using spare parts he got at a local store.

This menorah is merely symbolic, since the lighting ceremony requires fire as the source of light. But the Woodstock menorah is another reminder of the power of renewable energy to become a part of everyday life and traditions. Actually, up until now, the menorah, which is displayed annually in the Woodstock Village Green, didn't get lit at all because the green is not wired for electricity. The menorah will be lit for all eight nights of the Jewish holiday.

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  • Good grief.

    You don't need electricity to light a Menorah. So the reality is, the Menorah wasn't lit because some stupid city ordinance forbid an open flame in the park.
  • RE: Woodstock lights up solar menorah

    The festival wasn't infamous (you are confusing it with Altmont or the Woodstock 30th anniversary concert maybe?) and while it was named after the town it was held 40 miles away. As riots were common in the late 1960s the fact that 500,000 many drugged out of their minds gathered peacefully in bad conditions was a miracle (and I am not a hippie by any means) which does make it have something in common with Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the festival of lights and a famous occurrence was during folk singer Melanie's appearance in the middle of the night where people tens of thousands of people lit matches during a rainstorm. She wrote a song about it that got to number 4 on the Billboard charts. And taking away all the social mumbo jumbo it was an excellent concert.