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Local Rabbi on anti-Semitism during Hanukkah: "When we bring more light, we illuminate darkness"

Posted at 4:41 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 04:41:15-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After recent acts of anti-semitism across the United States, one Grand Rapids area Rabbi has a message for the community.

“The idea is to bring more light, when we bring more light, we illuminate the darkness and educate people like those who have performed the act of evil,” Rabbi Yoseph Weingarten said.

Most recently, five people were stabbed at a rabbi's Hannukah celebration in New York. The suspect in that case is being charged with a hate crime.

Rabbi Weingarten says the lessons taught through lighting the Hannukuh menorah are the same ones that are of value now, more than ever.

“Is it difficult, yes it is difficult, any time someone gets hurt it is difficult to us, but the idea is us, that we how do we combat it? Through bringing light in the darkness,” Weingarten said.