Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Largest Chanukah Menorah: New York breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
NEW YORK, NY , USA -- The World's Largest Chanukah Menorah will be proudly standing at New York's most fashionable plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels; the 32-foot high, gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure will be lighted nightly with genuine oil lamps; it sets the world record for the Largest Chanukah Menorah,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: World's Largest Chanukah Menorah on Fifth Avenue by Central Park. Menorah Parade of 300 Menorah vehicles. Hot "Latkes" on Fifth Avenue. World's Largest Chanukah Menorah Lighted in 2013 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director Lubavitch Youth Organization. Photo: Jewish News Agency (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest menorah in the world was designed by Yaacov Agam and is 32 ft (9.7 m) tall, 28 ft (8.5 m)wide, weighs 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) and was unveiled on 29 December 2005 opposite Central park, New York, USA. The menorah was designed according to a hand drawing by Mimonides based on the original Menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem and is the largest size permitted by Halacha-Jewish law.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people lighting menorahs simultaneously is 834 and was achieved by The Jewish Center of Princeton (USA) in Montgomery, New Jersey, USA, on 11 December 2012.
The World's Largest Chanukah Menorah will be proudly standing at New York's most fashionable plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels.
The full Menorah will be lighted on Tuesday evening December 23. All weekday lightings are at 5:30 PM.
The 32-foot high, gold colored, 4,000 pound steel structure will be lighted nightly with genuine oil lamps. Specially designed glass chimneys will protect the Chanukah lights from the Central Park winds. Due to the height of the Menorah, it will be lit nightly with the help of a Con Edison "cherry-picker" crane as well as two lifts that lift the lighters to the "Menorah Heights."
Over the years the World's Largest Menorah was lighted by New York City Mayors, Abraham Beame, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and David Paterson, United States Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Schumer, as well as many other dignitaries.
"The Menorah stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, strength and inspiration, delivering a timely and poignant message to each person on an individual basis," said Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director Lubavitch Youth Organization.
The Menorah was certified by Guinness World Records as the World's Largest. It was specially designed by world renowned artist Yaacov Agam who lighted the Menorah many times. It was inspired by a hand drawing by the Rambam (Maimonides) of the original Menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.
The lighting of the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah is always the central event of Chanukah for the millions of residents of New York and visitors to the Big Apple.
It is also a favorite with the International media who put the World's Largest Chanukah Menorah in the center of their "Chanukah story," bringing the World's Largest Menorah into the homes of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.
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