For me, Chanukah is family time, rich in memories of lighting candles to recall a miracle in ancient times, indulging in savory potato latkes, playing with dreidels and noshing on sweet Chanukah gelt—chocolates shaped like coins wrapped in foil.
These memories mean the world to me, yet this Chanukah I am focused on shaping a just future for those who have the least. So instead of buying another gadget, widget, or app as a gift, this year I am giving what I like to call "Gelt for Global Change." And I hope you'll do the same.
Many years ago, children were given bits of money, or gelt, for Chanukah. Now, you can support global justice by giving Chanukah gelt in honor of a friend or a young person you love. And in doing this, you will witness the miracle of caring about people who live very different lives, very far away.
When you make a Chanukah gift in their honor, you'll be sharing with them the value of promoting educational and economic opportunities for women and girls in the developing world, helping local people in poor countries grow their own food, and so much more.
Here's how your Chanukah gelt will drive global change in three steps:
You send Chanukah gelt to AJWS in the name of someone you love.
AJWS invests your gelt in grassroots groups in more than 20 countries around the world.
Community by community, these grassroots groups organize to promote human rights and end hunger.
Giving a Chanukah gift through AJWS will create lasting change both in the world and in the hearts and minds of the people you love.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…