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Yaacov Agam’s world-record menorah to be lit in NYC

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Yaacov Agam’s 32-foot tall menorah, located in Manhattan.

The annual lighting of the world’s biggest menorah, designed by Yaacov Agam, is set to kick off Hanukkah in New York.

Those enjoying the holiday season in Manhattan can join in the celebration of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, beginning today, Dec. 16, with the lighting of a 32-foot-high menorah.

The lightings will take place at Grand Army Plaza, located at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, with the first lighting scheduled around 5:30 p.m. Hanukkah will be celebrated Dec. 16 and ends the evening of 24.

The gold-colored, steel menorah weighs 4,000 pounds. The Guinness Book of World Records has certified Agam’s creation as the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah. The menorah is sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, and is lit by oil lamps with the aid of cherry-picking machines.

Further information about the menorah lightings can be found here. The event is free to the public.

Agam is a world-renowned kinetic artist whose style is a combination of formalist art and the study of Hebrew mysticism. Agam’s works can be procured through Park West Gallery.

Learn more about the life and work of Yaacov Agam here

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