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Purdue community gathers to celebrate Hanukkah

A group from the Purdue University community is celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 11:50 PM
Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 9:12 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A group from the Purdue University community is celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Many gathered for a menorah lighting ceremony Tuesday evening. They braved the cold to light a 6-foot menorah for the first night of Hanukkah.

President Mitch Daniels had the honors to light it.

Organizers said the ceremony is a way to remember the meaning behind Hanukkah.

"Over 2,000 years ago, the Jewish people were a small group of people who were suffering. They were not able to celebrate their tradition. They had a battle, they succeeded. They finally found a small chug of oil that could last only one night and a miracle happened -- it lasted eight days," said Rabbi Levi Tiechtel.

The menorah will stay lit on campus for the next eight days.

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