Judaism teaches us that what we do with our lives is precious. Adding meaning to all of our actions is a holy act- whether we are praying, eating, washing our hands, or partaking in normal, everyday activities, doing them with intention lifts the seemingly mundane to the level of holiness. Simply put, Judaism asks of us to act not mindlessly but with intention.
Hanukkah, or חנוכה means ‘Dedication’. As we light the Hanukkah candles, let our intent be meaningful with each night. The 1st candle is dedicated to family and friends. Let us dedicate the 2nd candle of Hanukkah to doing our share to stop world hunger:
“As we light the 2nd candle of Hanukkah, let us do so with the promise to work toward a future where we can share in our bounties. While we are blessed to be able to eat latkes, jelly donuts and anything we want this time of year, we are aware of those who will go to bed hungry tonight. This 2nd candle is lit with the intent that we will do what we can to feed the poor and hungry in our community and the greater world community. Then will the prophet’s words ring true: “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied (Joel, 2:26).”
Want to do more about the Jewish response to hunger and what YOU can do?
MAZON – A Jewish Response to Hunger MAZON spotlights issues and populations where larger organizations and the government have yet to turn their focus. Your support for MAZON’s Spotlight Fund furthers this work, by allowing us to fight to end hunger among military families, veterans, Native Americans, single mothers, LGBTQ seniors, the people of Puerto Rico and the territories, and all who struggle.
Cantor Colman Reaboi
Spiritual Leader, Congregation Agudath Achim