Global Justice on the Eight Nights of Hanukkah

I thought I would share this link to social justice–themed Hanukkah candle blessings from American Jewish World Service, the organization with which I have traveled a great deal over the past five years — to El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, and Ghana. This March, I’ll be leading trips with AJWS in Mexico and Nicaragua (my Transitions Abroad article about AJWS is still on newsstands). The link above offers this reading on the first night of Hanukkah: “May our gratitude for our many gifts translate into a commitment to tikkun olam – repairing the world – so that all may benefit from the gifts we enjoy.” Last night’s candle was for women’s empowerment, tonight is to end the genocide in Darfur, and tomorrow, the last night: hope and peace.

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