It’s the last day of Hanukkah today and the question some Jews might be asking themselves tonight is, ‘To light or not to light?’
It’s a preposterous question for religious Jews, who will no doubt light their eight candles of Hanukkah tonight. But not for the founders of Green Hanukkia, a campaign that has spread like wildfire over the Internet.
The founders suggest that if every Jew around the world would burn one less candle this Hanukkah holiday, then 15 grams of carbon dioxide will be spared from the environment. They also claim that the one million Israeli households who light their menorahs for eight days will do significant damage to the atmosphere.
According to the Jerusalem Post, campaign founder Liad Ortar said, "The campaign calls for Jews around the world to save the last candle and save the planet, so we won't need another miracle. Global warming is a milestone in human evolution that requires us to rethink how we live our lives, and one of the main paradigms of that is religion and how it fits into the current situation."
Some see the campaign as anti-religious and something that will cause religious Jews to shun the environmentalists rather than embrace them.
Rabbi Benny Lau from Jerusalem's Ramban Congregation said, "People in the green movement who have an agenda have unfortunately made it anti-religious. This makes religious people think incorrectly that anything environmentalist is against them. The damage ends up being a thousand times the benefit. Tikkun olam [fixing the world] must be done by adding more light and not by adding more darkness."
::JPost (the comments below this story are priceless)