NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio joined hundreds of Jewish community residents in Brooklyn, lighting the world’s tallest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

“This is an occasion where we remember an incredible history – the triumph of the righteous, the triumph of the underdog over the tyrannical and the mighty – that’s what this holiday is about,” de Blasio said in brief remarks.

“The search for righteousness is something that bonds us all together,” he said. “Brother and sisters, happy Hanukkah to everyone. Happy Hanukkah to New York City.”

Rabbi Shimon Hecht, Director Chabad of Park Slope, the sponsor of the Menorah lighting ceremony, said, “We’re very touched that the Mayor is joining us on the first night. As a local Park Slope resident, his participation will definitely bring unprecedented awareness to the Holiday and its universal message of increasing in light to eliminate any darkness.”