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Nanjeanne

(5,057 posts)
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 05:11 PM Dec 2023

For my fellow Jews who, like I, long for a ceasefire and are wondering how to celebrate Chanukah . . . Day 1

From Rabbis For Ceasefire: Our Candle Lighting Companion provides daily kavanot, intentions, for each candle as well as a song for each day, offered with love and grief and determination.

SHAMASH CANDLE: SHOMRIM: WE KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE
As antisemitism and islamophobia rise, may we find safety through solidarity. We light our candles in windows and other public places to proudly display our Jewish heritage and the Chanukah miracle. We also publicly display our commitment to solidarity and interdependence. May we turn again and again towards a vision of mutual safety and care.

Our Power by Rena Branson
We will not underestimate
Our power any longer—
We know that together, we are strong.
Like drops of water shape the rocks
As they rush down the falls,
We know that together,
We are strong.

CANDLE 1: LO V’CHAYIL: CEASEFIRE

In the Haftarah we read on the first Shabbat of Chanukah we recite the words: lo v’chayil, lo v’koach, ki im b’ruchi. Not by might, not by power, but by spirit alone. We are embracing the rabbinic tradition that reminds us it is by ruach–by our spirit that we survive and thrive, not by militarism. Ceasefire means no more bombing of families and homes in Gaza. Ceasefire means all hostages must be released now. Ceasefire means we need immediate engagement by the international community toward a just and lasting peace in Israel/Palestine. Ceasefire is the only way to prevent more death and destruction. In this moment of tremendous fear and suffering, we believe there is no military solution. There is only a political one. May we commit ourselves to a path of life and away from the path of war and ongoing violence.

Not By Might by Debbie Friedman
Not by might
And not by power
But by spirit alone
Shall we all live in peace
The children sing
The children dream
And their tears may fall, but we’ll hear them call
And another song will rise
Another song will rise
Another song will rise!

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For my fellow Jews who, like I, long for a ceasefire and are wondering how to celebrate Chanukah . . . Day 1 (Original Post) Nanjeanne Dec 2023 OP
🕯 Donkees Dec 2023 #1
With all due respect, I ask... Think. Again. Dec 2023 #2
I'm no Judaism expert but I believe it is more than appropriate and welcome. Nanjeanne Dec 2023 #3
. Think. Again. Dec 2023 #5
I'm not a Jew but BigmanPigman Dec 2023 #6
Wisdom and hope! summer_in_TX Dec 2023 #4
There have been ceasefires. Hamas will not adhere to them nor will they release the hostages TheKentuckian Dec 2023 #7
Was it necessary to respond? This thread is obviously not for you. You could just leave those wishing for Nanjeanne Dec 2023 #8
Moed tov Moadim I'simcha TheKentuckian Dec 2023 #9
I'll remember your greeting on days 3-6. No need to repeat it. Nanjeanne Dec 2023 #10
What's the translation? littlemissmartypants Dec 2023 #11
Happy festival time, may this time be joyful. Celerity Dec 2023 #15
Thanks. What language is it? ❤️ littlemissmartypants Dec 2023 #17
transliterated Hebrew Celerity Dec 2023 #18
I tried translating from Hebrew and got one coherent word. littlemissmartypants Dec 2023 #19
I just knew the expessions from life experience. Celerity Dec 2023 #20
❤️ littlemissmartypants Dec 2023 #21
Oh this is a private thread then???? GuppyGal Dec 2023 #14
For f*ck sake. Private no. One of peace yes. Read the room. Nanjeanne Dec 2023 #23
You're right and Happy Chanukah nt GuppyGal Dec 2023 #24
Thanks. Don't know if you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas - but wishing you joy for the season. Nanjeanne Dec 2023 #25
... littlemissmartypants Dec 2023 #12
Happy Chanukah! FHRRK Dec 2023 #13
Happy Chanukah! Tree Lady Dec 2023 #16
Happy Chanukah 🕯️🙏 nt Raine Dec 2023 #22

Think. Again.

(10,009 posts)
2. With all due respect, I ask...
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 06:13 PM
Dec 2023

...is it appropriate, and would it be welcome, for me, a non-Jew who shares these intentions, to celebrate in spirit with the Jewish community?

BigmanPigman

(51,808 posts)
6. I'm not a Jew but
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 10:11 PM
Dec 2023

I just lit blue and white candles and have potato latkas in the freezer. I think it is OK to celebrate holidays from various cultures. Maybe it is partly due to teaching in elementary school when all holidays were discussed and celebrated in my classroom. I am an atheist but I celebrate Christmas with my atheist family.

summer_in_TX

(2,805 posts)
4. Wisdom and hope!
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 07:03 PM
Dec 2023

Happy Hanukkah to all those here who are Jewish. 🕎

May you and yours be blessed.

May blessings abound to all the nations.

TheKentuckian

(25,106 posts)
7. There have been ceasefires. Hamas will not adhere to them nor will they release the hostages
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 10:57 PM
Dec 2023

If wishes were fishes then we would all cast our nets.

Nanjeanne

(5,057 posts)
8. Was it necessary to respond? This thread is obviously not for you. You could just leave those wishing for
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 11:08 PM
Dec 2023

peace in peace on the first night of Chanukah.

Chag sameach..

Celerity

(44,470 posts)
20. I just knew the expessions from life experience.
Fri Dec 8, 2023, 03:18 AM
Dec 2023

I have heard Moed tov Moadim l'simcha during Sukot and Passover, growing up in west London, and also from some of my parents' Jewish friends/co-workers.

That said, despite my being of partial Jewish descent myself, I am in no way all that knowledgeable. Both my parents and I are atheists, as is one of my brothers.

My sister converted to Sufi Islam (due to her boyfriend, and she surprisingly stayed with it after they parted ways), and my other brother converted to Anglican Christianity as an early teen. Both of them are very tolerant in their religious outlooks, so I have had very little conflicts with them.

My sister is deep into the mysticism aspects of Islam, especially the works of Rumi. All about love, harmony, peace, balance, letting go of ego, etc. She is absolutely shattered by the war.

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