Tonight’s theme is gifting — passing our gifts on through the generations.
The poet Lewis Hyde writes, “Whatever we have been given is supposed to be given away again, not kept.” Our gifts are meant to be shared with others for their benefit.
As you light the Hanukkah candles tonight, take a moment to reflect on the gifts that you have been blessed to receive. Who gave them to you? In what ways are you sharing them with the world? How do you want to pass them on midor l’dor, from generation to generation?
May the gifts we impart to those that will live on after us leave a positive mark and contribute to a more just and compassionate future.
Sara Blumenthal is a fourth-year rabbinical student pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA.
Eight nights, eight ways to deepen your involvement, awareness and impact
For each night of Hanukkah, we have a recommended activity — a way to learn more about the issues, get more involved in J Street or help drive change. You can do all eight in order, switch them up, or pick and choose what’s most meaningful to you.