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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 [View all]

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.

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.


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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🕯 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
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