Big Menorah Burned Outside Synagogue in Apparent Hate Crime

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Whoever set fire to the six-foot wooden menorah outside Chabad Lubavitch in Brooklyn on Tuesday night is at least familiar with the Hebrew calendar. As if it weren't bad enough on its own, the suspected arson, which is being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crimes task force, occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. "Knocking something like this down is making a big statement, trying to destroy an essential part of the Jewish religion here in New York," said a local chaplain.

No one was physically hurt in the fire, which you can see raging in the video below: