On Saturday, Dec. 28, violence struck in Monsey. Five innocent Jews were attacked with a machete while they were celebrating the seventh night of Hanukkah.
On the Sunday, members of Monroe Temple and the local community came together to comfort and support one another. They came to light the menorah for the eighth night of Hanukkah.
“Though this is a time of terrible loss for our religious brethren, we can do something to combat this evil," Rabbi Roger Lerner said. "We could shrink away from the world and hide; however, we cannot. We must not. It takes only one match to bring light to the darkness - that can at times seem to overwhelm us.”
On Sunday, a match was lit in the Monroe Temple to light a Menorah in solidarity with Jews everywhere to help expel some of the darkness in this world.
“Symbolically, we lit one match to light all of the candles that evening, each of us holding a candle," the rabbi said. "Now, take it upon yourself to share this match, this light in your communities and expel the darkness wherever it may take hold.“