Rekindling the Lamp: Hanukkah and Children’s Issues
Adapted from rac.org
Submitted by Sam Hausfather
At the moment of rededication, the Maccabees relit the ner tamid, the eternal flame in the Temple. Because it is perpetually lit, the ner tamid signifies a hope that God’s presence will continue to dwell with us from generation to generation. What could be a better symbol for our hopes for a sustainable future than the ner tamid? Thus, as we kindle the Hanukkah lights, we think about how we can nurture our children and pass along a better world to them.
Hanukkah has become a children’s holiday. We have parties and play games, eat sweets and give gifts. Therefore, it is only natural that we consider children’s issues on Hanukkah. When we help all children gain the loving families, safe homes, health care and education they deserve, we help fulfill our mandate to nurture God’s creation in each generation. In addition, many other issues – including global climate change, environmental sustainability, economic justice and poverty – affect children as well as adults. When we work for social justice in these areas, we also ensure the well-being of future generations.
We can light lamps by the work of our hands – from the clothing we collect for warm-up campaigns to the meals we cook for hungry mouths; by the words of our mouths, from the phone calls we make to our representatives, to the stories we read to disadvantaged youth, and by the meditations of our hearts – as we ever strive towards the vision of a world redeemed.
Thus, as we kindle the Hanukkah lights, we think about how we can pass along a better world to our children. We think about how we can contribute to a world that can sustain us, our children and our children’s children. Please join the Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee in working toward the repair of our world, for our day and for future generations.
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