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Rain Clears for Menorah Lighting

Some might say it was a coincidence that the torrential downpours came to a stop Wednesday night in time for the Westport menorah lighting, but Rabbi Levi Stone considered it another miracle of Hanukkah .

"Yes, Hanukkah miracles do happen," Stone said with a smile. He is executive director of the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life CT in Westport.

The sound of "Hava Nagila" and other Jewish folk tunes filled the air as a small but festive group of people celebrated the first night of Hanukkah. Some danced together while others enjoyed hot latkes.

Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht from Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk , was also on hand to remind those in attendance of the messages behind Hanukkah, including the importance of light.

"Light conquers darkness," he said. "We need more light in this world, especially now."

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff braved the chilly weather to help light the giant menorah outside Wachovia Bank on Post Road East.

Yehoshua's wife Freida Hecht said that even if it had continued raining, she and her family still would have attended because the story of Hanukkah is so important.

"The message of Hanukkah is that light is unstoppable. If you go into a dark room and light one candle, you instantly feel the warmth and the lightness," she said. "With that message, it doesn't matter if it rains."

And although Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, Freida said the messages of the holiday are universal.

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