Sin­ga­pore’s Jews take pub­lic meno­rah light­ing to next level

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By JOSH AXELROD

Jewish law in­structs that the meno­rah should be lit some­where many can see it in or­der to pub­li­cize the mir­a­cle dur­ing Hanukkah.

Chal­lenge ac­cepted, Sin­ga­pore’s Jewish com­mu­nity said.

At an event wel­com­ing Nati Rom, the founder of the Lev HaOlam or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Jewish com­mu­nity of Sin­ga­pore fash­ioned an elec­tric meno­rah to a gi­ant kite with glow­ing lights lin­ing its tail and flew it high into the sky.

“The ges­ture of the ci­ti­zens from Sin­ga­pore for Hanukkah has ex­cited me per­son­ally and is di­rected to­wards the en­tire peo­ple of Is­rael. We have emis­saries of the Prophets abroad, and like the Hanukkah can­dles we must trans­mit the light and in­crease it more and more,” Rom said.

Lev HaOlam is an or­ga­ni­za­tion aimed at coun­ter­act­ing the BDS move­ment by send­ing West Bank prod­ucts to global com­mu­ni­ties. Rom lec­tures around the world and is cur­rently vis­it­ing Sin­ga­pore and the Philip­pines.

“I hope that with more ef­forts, we will be able to re­cruit even more ci­ti­zens abroad who op­pose the boy­cott and ac­tively sup­port Is­rael,” Rom said.

Sin­ga­pore and Is­rael en­joy a strong re­la­tion­ship.

The Jewish pop­u­la­tion of Sin­ga­pore is es­ti­mated at 2,000. De­spite their size, the com­mu­nity con­tains two syn­a­gogues, a Jewish day school, a kosher shop, two kosher restau­rants and a Jewish ceme­tery.


AN ELEC­TRIC meno­rah tied to a kite flies above Sin­ga­pore.

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