Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Social Justice in Hanukkah:
As the Maccabees had the courage to stand up for their beliefs, Hanukkah encourages us to speak out about our values. In turn, not only do we rekindle our personal commitments to social justice, but we also teach others, take action and advocate for the repair of the world. This guide will focus on four issues connected with Hanukkah: the environment, economic justice, children’s issues (including child slavery, child poverty and bullying) and religious liberty. As Jews worked to keep the light in the Temple burning from generation to generation, we should work towards creating a just society that will endure from generation to generation – a society in which all of its members live in a dignified way, which preserves the environment and our natural resources, which protects and nurtures our children, and which continues to be a beacon of religious freedom.