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Gov. Perry Participates in Lighting of Hanukkah Menorah

Thursday, December 02, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Perry met with a delegation of Texas Jewish leaders Thursday to mark the first full day of Hanukkah, lighting the menorah in the governor's public reception room, then singing and dancing along to traditional songs. The menorah holds one candle for each night of Hanukkah, with the ninth candle, the shamash, used to light the other candles.

Among those joining Gov. Perry at the celebration were Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, Rabbi Yoseph Levertov, Rabbi Zev Johnson and Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff.

Hanukkah this year began at sunset Dec. 1, and lasts until sunset on Dec. 9.

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