Video: National Menorah Lit in Washington, DC


national-menorah[Video below.] Thousands turned out for a special ceremony marking the first night of Chanukah. “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band performed as the National Menorah, situated on the Ellipse near the White House, was lit.

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{Noam Newscenter}


  1. There are so so many things wrong with this video. First, the proper blessings are not recited. If you’re going to recite the blessings, do it right! Second, even the one blessing that is recited is sung as a song, which we never do. Third, the song contains Hashem’s real Name, and that makes it a beracha l’vatala, a blessing in vain, because it is not being said as a blessing but rather as a song. Fourth, the blessing/song that is said is said on the wrong candle. It should be said on the one on the extreme right, whereas it is being said on the Shamash, the server candle, in the middle. You don’t compromise with halacha. I don’t buy the excuse that it was the U.S. Marine Band. They should have co-ordinated with them. What do you expect when you have “The President’s Own” Marine Band. Anything Obama touches becomes corrupted.


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