Kent Swig

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Lighting the Chanukah Menorah

This year, I once again had the honor of lighting the Chanukah Menorah on 5th Avenue with Rabbi Shmuel Buttman. And, like last year, the world certainly could use the warmth and caring that the lights of Chanukah represent.

In fact, as I walked up to “world’s largest Chanukiah” here in New York City, I snapped a picture that symbolizes the essence of what New York City and America stands for: tolerance and acceptance of all peoples from all religions and all walks of life. The picture that I took was of the Chanukiah behind a manger scene for Catholic League charities with the back drop of the Plaza Hotel flying the flag Saudi Arabia, in honor of one of its owners.

This picture represents the strength and courage of America where Christianity, Islam and Judaism, among other religions,  can all be openly practiced at once without fear. Certainly the world would be a better place if all countries and populations would honor one another with peace, acceptance and tolerance of each other and our religious diversity such as New York City and America does.
Kent Swig lighting the Chanukah Menorah.

Kent Swig lighting the Chanukah Menorah.

Kent Swig with Rabbi Shmuel Butman.

Kent Swig with Rabbi Shmuel Butman.

Chanukah Menorah on the 5th Avenue, NY city.

Chanukah Menorah on the 5th Avenue, NY city.

Manger scene for the Catholic League charities in front of the Chanukiah with the Plaza Hotel in the background.

Manger scene for the Catholic League charities in front of the Chanukiah with the Plaza Hotel in the background.

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December 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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