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Menorah Sheds Light on Ground Zero

December 10, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Ground zero was a little brighter Sunday with the lighting of an 8-foot-tall menorah to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

``The lesson for all of us is that they can take down the towers, they can remove the structures, but they can’t take away the symbols we hold so dear,″ said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the Jewish chaplain for the Fire Department of New York.

Rescue workers and several family members of victims of the terrorist attack gathered near the rubble of the World Trade Center after sunset to light the menorah’s first candle. A similar ceremony will take place each of the next seven nights of Hanukkah.

A 30-foot Christmas tree was lit during a ceremony Friday.

Eighteen-month-old Laura Lehrfeld, who lost her father when the twin towers collapsed, lit the menorah’s first candle. Her father, Eric Lehrfeld was at a breakfast conference at the top of Tower 1, when the building was struck by a hijacked airliner.

``I know a lot of victims aren’t comfortable coming here, but I draw comfort and strength from being here with my husband,″ Lehrfeld’s wife Hayley said.

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