Kent M. Swig, president of Swig Equities, joined Rabbi Shmuel Butman of the Lubavitch Youth Organization on Wednesday to light the world’s largest menorah on the fourth night of Chanukah in New York City.
“This year’s celebration marks another milestone year for me to be honored with an invitation from Rabbi Butman to light the Hanukkah menorah,” said Swig. “The menorah is a great symbol for the Jewish people, and it is also a beacon of hope and light for all New Yorkers as we now seek a safe path in the re-emergence of our great city from the COVID pandemic.”
The 32-foot-high menorah is located in front of the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Weighing 4,000 pounds, the steel structure features genuine oil lamps and glass chimneys to protect the lights from strong winds. It was designed by world-renowned artist Yaacov Agam.
“The menorah is a symbol of freedom and democracy for all people, and each individual takes inspiration from the menorah in their own way,” said Butman, director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization.