weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Go inside this annual Pahrump Hanukkah party

Marty Greenfield, owner of Marty Greenfield Jewelry next to Smith’s Food and Drug, hosted his annual menorah lighting ceremony on Thursday night, celebrating the fifth night of Hanukkah.

Greenfield and his fiancée Liz opened their home to about 25 members of the local and Las Vegas communities.

“This is the eighth year we’ve hosted this event,” Greenfield said.

The evening was highlighted by the traditional blessing and lighting of the menorah’s candles at sunset by Rabbi Levi Wilhelm from the Chabad Southwest Las Vegas.

Accompanying Rabbi Wilhelm were three Yeshiva boys, Orthodox Jewish rabbinical seminary students, dressed as dreidels (a four-sided spinning top game played during Hanukkah).

Traditional kosher food, songs, prayers and blessings were performed and enjoyed after the lighting ceremony.

Hanukkah is the eight-night Jewish celebration commemorating the cleansing and rededication of the second temple of Jerusalem after a successful Jewish revolt against occupying Greek-Syrian soldiers.

According to folklore, they required a holy light to burn in the temple at all times, but there was only enough oil for one night. The Miracle of the Light was it burned for eight nights.

Hanukkah was celebrated this year from Dec. 18 to Dec. 26.

John Clausen is a freelance journalist and photographer in Pahrump.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Cortez Masto takes aim at egg prices, price gouging

Nevada’s average price for a carton of eggs has surged to $6.07 at the end of 2022, while the national average is $4.25, according to Catherine Cortez Masto’s letter.

ICYMI: See the animals at the Nature Health Farms ‘fun’draiser

Nature Health Farms was the venue for plenty of amusement this past Saturday, with a bevy of activities and entertainment taking place during the farm’s 3rd Annual “Fun”draiser.

ROAD CONDITIONS: Mountain pass from Pahrump to Vegas icy, but open

Patches of ice were still causing issues for some travelers on Highway 160 early Tuesday morning between Pahrump and Las Vegas, but conditions are expected to improve as temperatues warm into the mid-40s by Wednesday.

Student internships available at Nevada National Security Site

Nevada National Security Site is operating a 40-hour student program which offers paid internships from May through August each year. Here’s what you need to know.

What to know about this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner

This February, members of the Grand Ol’ Party will come together for an evening of conservative-likemindedness during the 2023 Lincoln Day Dinner in Pahrump.

Human-trafficking: ‘The problem is very real’

And it’s often committed by people the victim is already familiar with or those they have met and become friendly with online, say those who see the impacts of human trafficking.