Gov. Pritzker celebrates Hanukkah as antidote to 'darkness'

Gov. JB Pritzker
Gov. JB Pritzker helps usher in Hanukkah at the Thompson Center. Photo credit Twitter/State of Illinois

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Gov. JB Pritzker was one of the guests of honor as Hanukkah was celebrated Monday at the seat of Illinois state government in Chicago.

Area rabbis, Jewish state lawmakers and others clapped and danced in place to celebrate the lighting of the Menorah in the rotunda at the James R. Thompson Center.

And Pritzker, who is Jewish, welcomed the Festival of Light as something that is needed more than ever.

“It is in the darkness that the most dangerous things can grow — like hate, like racism, like anti-Semitism. Without light as a disinfectant, there is only the bottomless pits of disinformation, of vitriol and of cruelty.”

Rabbi Meier Moscowitz, regional director of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, recounted the miracle of Hanukkah, when a tiny bit of oil kept the lamps lighted for the Jewish people for eight days more than 2,000 years ago.

He said it everyone’s job to illuminate and encourage those around us.