Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center led the Wilton community in the lighting of a menorah at Wilton Center on Monday, Dec. 2.

Just before the ceremony, Rabbi Stone told The Bulletin that “tonight is the sixth night of Hanukah, and we are lighting the largest menorah in Wilton. This is the sixth public menorah lighting [this year].”

Areas also featuring public menorahs in the Wilton area, Rabbi Stone said, include Stew Leonard’s, and displays in Weston, Southport, Greenwich, Norwalk, and Westport.

“Our message is to light up the world with acts of goodness and kindness. It’s a very rare time to have Hanukah fall around Thanksgiving. We are thanking God for all the things he has done, and spreading the light with friends, family and community.”

The lighting of public menorahs, he said, is an initiative originally started in the 1970s by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.

It was started to “spread light in this world,” Rabbi Stone said. “If you go from Australia to South America, from South Africa to the Orient, public menorahs are [there]. In fact, I was the first one to drive a menorah on top of my vehicle through Germany in the 90s. The Rebbe inspired us to light up the world, and that’s what were trying to do.”