The great thing about Hanukkah’s fourth night, said J-school professor Ari Goldman as he lit the lanterns of Chabad‘s traveling menorah this evening, is that the people who believe the candles should be lit in descending order and those who believe one should be added every night can at least agree that, on that night, four are correct.
On Low Plaza, the fifth night was pretty chill as well, as a happy group gathered to drink oversweet cider and sing Hanukkah blessings (some sounding like they have yet to celebrate bar mitzvahs). They’ve been there every evening at 6:00 PM since last Friday, and Goldman is but one of the illustrious figures who has graced the ceremony–last week Zvi Galil lit candles in front of a goodly crowd, J-school professor Sam Freedman’s on the docket for tomorrow, and welterweight champion boxer Dmitriy Salita (fresh off an appearance at the first-annual White House menorah lighting) is scheduled for the final night.
And if you haven’t gotten your menorah yet, there’s still time! Just ask Rabbi Yonah Blum, who aims to promote “holiday awareness.” As if we weren’t already painfully aware.