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A bronze chanukiah sculpture was stolen from a major square in Rio de Janeiro. The 6 1/2-foot-tall chanukiah, which weighs 440 pounds, adorned the beachfront square Zozimo Barroso do Amaral in the Brazilian city’s wealthiest neighborhood of Leblon.

Created by the artist Ruthnac, the Jewish symbol had been donated by the Beit Lubavitch synagogue and a Jewish-owned construction company in 2002. Police suspect the theft took place one night last week and are investigating.

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