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Eat Jelly Donuts and Spin Dreidels For Chanukah at the Tot Lot Sunday

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Chabad of Ditmas Park is hosting an outdoor Chanukah menorah event this coming Sunday from 3-5 p.m on the corner of Cortelyou and Argyle Road by the Tot Lot. They’re bringing the holiday spirit to the Tot Lot in the form of delicious jelly donuts, balloons and face paint for kids and adventurous adults. That sounds like a good time no matter what you’re celebrating.

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  1. so I have a question. There has been an over-sized Menorah attached to the fence of the tot-lot over the last few years during Chanukah. Is this legal? Public lands being used for religious promotion and all that?

  2. I hope the people here shushing the poster for objecting to a menorah on city property, would not be offended if a Christmas tree were also there. While I think people do tend to overreact to these sorts of things, a menorah or Christmas tree being harmless and largely secularized symbols of our December holidays, I think hushing and jeeshing somebody for questioning this is a bit harsh,

  3. Here’s a story about Ft Greene park… It explains how the law works.
    http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/you-asked-is-the-park-menorah-legal/

    And
    my apologies if I sounded “harsh” like jaguar suggested, but I stand by
    my “jeesh.” I’m MOST DEFINITELY someone who has a major issue with the
    (insidious) role religion plays in government and politics. A
    community organization (christian, jewish, wiccan, hindu, buddhist, or
    otherwise) sponsoring the temporary display of a symbol representing
    their group is *not* problematic.

    If you consider a channukiah or a christmas tree placed by a local synagogue or church a form of “religious promotion” (i.e., proselytizing), this really reflects on you more than anything else. I don’t have the urge to become Jewish or accept Jesus into my heart because a community group put up some decorations.

  4. Considering all the problems in the community and world, I’m surprised that anyone is concerned about a menorah at the tot lot. How petty can you people be?

  5. As a staunch atheist, I find temporary holiday displays far less offensive than the people who come knocking on my door about 30 times a year trying to convert me, or having “in god we trust” on our currency.

  6. Ive taken to threatening neighbors who let the Jehova’s witnesses in – if they do creep in my dog usually answers the door with some brown noise. I then parade him out on our walk so they remember where I live – I don’t care about temporary displays on a small scale but on a larger scale like when your government tries to rule you according to their godstuff beliefs I take issue its just hard to draw and define a line these days – just ask Mittens.

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