Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. We went to the Union Square in San Francisco to see the lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah.
Historically we place our menorahs near a window for everyone to see. We do it to celebrate our freedom to worship. The tradition of public menorah lighting originated in San Francisco in 1975; it was underwritten by Bill Graham. Now Chabad lights menorahs the world over.
Occupoids are no longer occupying Union Square; they were removed to put up the ice skating rink, but, alas, no party is without party poopers. So we had a group of about a half a dozen old people billing themselves as Jews protesting religious celebrations on public property.
Russian revelers, who are probably some sort of atheists, got sarcastic at their expense. Quite a few non-Jews came over to check out the ceremony. It’s a fun family-friendly tradition and a great way to celebrate freedom of religion in the US.