It’s Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.

During this holiday, people light candles to commemorate the Jewish story in which a one-day supply of lamp oil miraculously lasted eight days.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow directs the Shalom Center in Philadelphia. He says this holiday about creating and sustaining light provides a perfect opportunity to work for a clean energy future.

Waskow: “Each of the days should be set aside as a day of doing action to heal the Earth.”

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In his writings and through the Shalom Center, Waskow invites Jews to participate in what he calls the “Eight Days of Action.” He suggests a different task each day.

Some are personal, like not using your car. Others are political, such as urging politicians to pass laws that reduce carbon pollution.

He says Hanukkah is not only a time for spiritual reflection and teaching …

Waskow: “Hanukkah should be a framework for doing the work, for doing the work that we need to do as human beings, and that’s both work at the personal and neighborhood level, and it’s work at the national level as well. Our job is to bring light into the dark time.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Diana Madson

Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...