ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) --  Tonight, Sunday December 29th, is the 8th night of Hanukkah and Downtown Ithaca is celebrating! WENY News caught up with one of the families involved in organizing Sunday nights event to find out what the celebration is all about and to learn more about the lighting of the candles on the menorah. 

"Every night we add a little bit more light, so in our lives, that means adding in acts of goodness and kindness and trying to help our community and people around us and trying to become better people, every single day we want to try to do a little bit more and the 8th night of Hanukkah fully expresses that," says Miri Birk, Outreach Director Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University.

Birk told WENY News that the celebration not only keeps the history alive, but also encourages people to "fight the darkness with light" instead of going to battle. The holiday encourages the best to be brought out of every and to strive to be better and more kind every day. 

"It teaches us that when we confront the challenges in our life, or in the world around us, sometimes it can be tempting to go to battle, to try to fight that darkness and beat it down, and sometimes we do have to battle things but the more true and more lasting way is to fight darkness with adding light," says Birk. 

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