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Chabad Rabbi Yonah Grossman holds his son, Mendel, 15 months, shortly after a public Menorah lighting ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck in 2017. "The message is that light has the power to overcome darkness, which is why we light the Menorah at night," said Rabbi Grossman. "It has the power to brighten even the darkest of nights." Every year since 2011, a Menorah lighting ceremony followed by a meal of traditional Chanukah foods fried in oil has been held in the Capitol. 

The Chabad Jewish Center of North Dakota will ignite a public Hanukkah menorah at the North Dakota Capitol on Wednesday, followed by refreshments and holiday treats.

Held in Memorial Hall, the annual event, part of a worldwide Hanukkah campaign, is organized by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yonah Grossman and will feature the participation of state dignitaries. 

“The menorah serves as a symbol of North Dakota's dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship God freely, openly and with pride. This is true especially in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution,” said Grossman.

“The message of Hanukkah is the message of light,” said Grossman. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, anotheract of light, can make all the difference. This is an especially important message after the recent shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.”

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