Rabbi Aaron Raskin of Congregation B’nai Avraham along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will light the Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht Menorah (the official menorah of Brooklyn) tonight. The ceremony begins at 5PM at Borough Hall Plaza.
This menorah and another standing in Grand Army Plaza and sponsored by Rabbi Shimon Hecht of Park Slope are the subject of a yearly rivalry based on size (Hecht’s is one foot taller).
The rival rabbis are related – Shimon is Aaron’s uncle. The official menorah is named in memory of Jacob Hecht – Shimon’s father and Raskin’s grandfather.