Happy Hanukkah 5773 (2012)

Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

Menorah at 86th & Broadway @ Mitchell Hall

(iPhone photo Courtesy of ©Mitchell Hall 12/8/2012)

Menorah at Broadway Mall

86th & Broadway

Upper West Side, Manhattan


The first night of Hanukkah begins tonight Saturday December 8.

During the eight nights and days of Hanukkah, we commemorate the ancient re-dedication of the menorah, lit once again in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The word Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה) translates as dedication or inauguration.

We mark this great miracle with the introduction of light – both physical and spiritual – into the darkest time of the year, watching as that light grows brighter and brighter each and every night.




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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Goodness Michell.  How big is that thing???

I con't figure out the scale.

Dec 08, 2012 03:09 PM #1
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Happy Hanukah to everybody.  And, of course Hanukah in NY is always special.

Dec 08, 2012 03:13 PM #2
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

Very nice. I'm on my way out right now to see a giant menorah lit in my own community. Happy Chanukah!

Dec 08, 2012 03:15 PM #3
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Lenn, I took a close up shot this morning. It is pretty big. The sun wasn't out yet. I just got home and now the trees behind it are lit up with Christmas lights. I should take another photo.

Happy Hanuka Hilary. NY is always special.  My sister lives in Scarsdale.

Jill Happy Chanuka! Enjoy! I was in the office printing flyers for tomorrow's open houses and picked up delicious latkes and apple sauce from Zabars next door.

Dec 08, 2012 03:25 PM #4
Ron & Alexandra Seigel
ra@napaconsultants.com - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Marketing


How lovely as is your sentiment...you had me at Zabar's,,,,One of these years, we will actually stop in NY rather than using it as a connection to fly somewhere else.  Happy Chanuka to you.  A

Dec 08, 2012 03:30 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Mitchell. Happy Chanukah to you too. The derivation of the holiday is what you indicated but reflects the time when the greeks destryed the Temple and took all but a days worth of oil and extinguished the eternal light. Getting more oil would take 8 days and the miracle was that the little oil left burned eight days. And now for more Jewish stories, turn in tomorrow.

Dec 08, 2012 04:18 PM #6
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Happy Chanukah -- I love that menorah.  It is beautiful.  Enjoy the festival of lights and all the great food!

Dec 08, 2012 04:29 PM #7
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
Keller Williams Dallas Premier - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Latkes and sour cream.  I'm not a fan of the apple sauce. Happy Hanukah.

Dec 08, 2012 04:45 PM #8
Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360


Love this photo - what a wonderful way to introduce the eve of Hanukkah.



Dec 08, 2012 05:36 PM #9
Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
For Your Home in the Capital

Hey, Mitch!  Have a happy one, and I have to get up there soon to do some shopping.

Dec 08, 2012 05:47 PM #10
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Mitchel, have a happy Chanukah-the menorah is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing it tomorrow when I come into the city.  And btw, both you and Sheila Anderson are both right.  Chanukah has historical as well as spiritual significance.

Dec 08, 2012 07:14 PM #11
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Mitchell, we wish you a Happy Chanukah and a very Happy New Year! Mitchell, I especially appreciate you posting the year in the Jewish Calendar. Our Judeo-Christian culture is older than 2000 years and sometimes we forget that.


Dec 08, 2012 08:04 PM #12
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Alexandra, Thank you.You're too much of a foodie not to actually stop and stay a while in NYC.

Sheila, Thank you, Happy Chanukah. Thanks for the Hebrew history lesson,-) I was going for a new modern spiritual angle this year. I look forward to more Jewish stories tomorrow.

Joan, Thank you. I have to watch the food. It's so greasy and fattening all that celebrating of oil.

Lorrie, Happy Chanukah. Love sour cream too.The Latkes are so bad fried oil colosterol ,-) I thought the apple sauce was healthier.

Jeff, Thanks it is a beautiful menorah.

Pat, Thank you. Yes, You need to get here soon. I haven't seen you since 2 hurricanes ago,-)

Joanna, Happy Chanukah! Thank you. I was going for the spiritual significance of light this year. So many New Yorkers lost power and light due to hurricane Sandy. In addition to the usual latkes, songs, dreidels, candles and gelt Chanukah brings more light into this darkest time of the year. 

The world's largest menorah is at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue at 59th street near Central Park. Enjoy!

Dec 08, 2012 08:14 PM #13
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I'm craving some latkes with sour cream and apple sauce. Happy Chanukah to you.

Dec 08, 2012 08:15 PM #14
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Mitchell:  And a Happy and meaningful Hanakkah to you, as well.  May you spend it surrounded by those you love.

Take care...

Dec 08, 2012 08:21 PM #15
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Sharon, Thank you. 5773 sure is a lot of years. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and Frank.

Melissa, Thank you. MMMM. Sour cream and apple sauce sounds good to me. Happy Chanukah.

Karen Anne, Thank you. Good thing there are 8 days of Hanukkah, tomorrow the first day I have 3 open houses back to back. I'll be surrounded by buyers.....I love buyers,-)

Dec 08, 2012 08:40 PM #16
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the picture. I should try to go to NY to see the beautiful menorah.Happy Hanukah to you and your family.

Dec 09, 2012 03:51 AM #17
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Gita, Thank you. NY is wonderful this time of year. You're not very far. Happy Holidays!

Dec 10, 2012 07:21 AM #18
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Hey Mr. Hall...and I'm Hillary with 2 l's too, just with an "i," right?  Small world and hope that your sister weathered Superstorm Sandy well.  We are gearing up for a lot of mold work because not everyone got dried out thoroughly and some had trees take out pipes.  We are family owned and my guys are background checked for hers and your peace of mind. I hope to meet you at our next NY City ActiveRain gathering...at the Oyster Bar again, we hope!  Cheers!


Dec 10, 2012 09:26 AM #19
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Hi Hillary, I should be more sensitive to two l's. Sorry. I get Mitchel a lot. My sister lives in a coop apartment on Garth Road. Luckily she didn't have any damage even though her terrace overlooks the Bronx river with a lot of trees in between. Hope to meet you too at our next AR gathering.

Dec 11, 2012 08:12 AM #20
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