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Gov. joins rabbi in Statehouse Hanukkah festival

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas rabbi urged people to "put aside the darkness" and bring light to the world, starting with the eight candles on a menorah lit during a Hanukkah festival at the Statehouse.

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel was referring to the recent quadruple homicide in Topeka and other tragic events that have occurred around the world. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1bjLhGl ) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined Tiechtel and dozens of others Wednesday at the celebration, saying Jewish people are not going to struggle in his state because of their beliefs.

Lt. Col. Moran Omer of the Israel Defense Forces, who is attending command classes at Leavenworth, was at the celebration with his young son, with whom he lit one of the candles.

Cedar Crest hosted the event the past two years.