PM Modi, Israeli PM Netanyahu are viewed by many as sharing shut non-public relationship.
"Chag Hanukkah Sameach to the people of Israel".
Rabbi Choni Marozov with Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley, left and Rabbi Jay Siegel with Congregation Beth Shalom, right celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah in front of the giant menorah at the Westfield Valencia Town Center for the Chanukah family festival, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. He additionally tweeted the greetings in Hebrew, Israel's official language. Since it is celebrated through lighting of Hanukkah lamps, the festival bears similarities with Diwali. The Israeli PM was the first worldwide leader to wish Modi on his reelection to the post of prime minister in May this year. PM Modi's 2017 go to, which marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between the 2 nations, led to 12 Strategic Enterprise MoUs value over $four.three billion being signed.
"Hanukkah means dedication ... and it's about rededicating ourselves to what I like to think of as something very simple and that is "chesed" or kindness", said Rabbi Jay Siegel of Congregation Beth Shalom.
As per the Jewish history, in 175 BCE King Antiochus IV Epiphanes banned the Jewish religion and desecrated the Second Temple in Jerusalem by slaughtering pigs in it.
Hanukkah lasts for eight days and each night one lit candle is added to the menorah and a second one will be added Monday evening. Bruce Rieser, vice chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, then lit the 9-foot tall Menorah.