Our friends at Our Voices (and the #LightForLima campaign) have partnered with Shomrei Breishit: Rabbi and Cantors For the Earth to create and share 8 videos of rabbis and cantors who have created special prayers or kavannot (meditations) for lighting the candles for Hanukkah, connecting the holiday with our need to act on climate change.
1st night: Rabbi Lawrence Troster (coordinator of Shomrei Breishit) and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster (Program Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights) of Teaneck, New Jersey introduce the videos and talk about the connections between Hanukkah, climate change and environmental justice.
Whether or not you are Jewish, give the videos a listen. If you are not Jewish, you will find various pieces that activate echoes in prayer, practice, and scripture of your own traditions. If you are, it will bring a new lens to familiar practices, prayers, and songs.
The encouragement in the 7th night (from Pittsburgh!) to lift our own small lights and lean toward the light in those around us (together joining our sparks into something far more powerful and bright than we could ever create alone) will be evocative for people of all faiths. It is certainly a much-needed encouragement for all engaged in working for climate justice.
2nd night: Rabbi Jill Hammer (Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, who specializes in ancient and contemporary midrash) New York, New York does a meditation on the Temple as a symbol for the world and how we must purify Continue reading Our Voices: 8 nights of Hanukkah & Climate Change