My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Sunday, December 25, 2005

A Happy Hanukkah at the Great Wall...

and a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everybody...
The flame of the Hanukkah candle crossed roads for the first time in its millennia-long tradition Sunday evening with the symbol of a second ancient cultural symbol: the Great Wall of China.

Some 200 Israelis and members of Beijing's Jewish community gathered at the Mujianyu site of the wall outside the Chinese capital to light the first candle of Hanukkah against the backdrop of the winding wall.

The Israeli Ambassador to China, Dr. Yehoyada Haim, hosted the ceremony, saying at its onset, "This is an historical moment where two great and ancient civilizations come together."

Beijing's Chabad Rabbi Shimon Freundlich conducted the candle-lighting ceremony. The rabbi invited the vice president of the China Great Wall Society, which helped coordinate the event, to light the Shamash.

Following the gathering around the large Menorah in the blistering cold, participants ate traditional Hanukkah donuts and latkes together with hot soup, and sand a round of all-time favorite Hanukkah songs.


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