progressive thinkers see the story of the oil as a way to preach about the scarcity of natural resources and the need to conserve energy. In fact, according to an article by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Shalom Center in Philadelphia has launched the Green Menorah Covenant campaign to promote energy efficiency in Jewish communities. The campaign is timed to coincide both with Hanukkah and with the United Nations-sponsored conference on climate change this week in Bali, Indonesia.
The leap from the Maccabees to climate change may seem long. But Hanukkah, like other Jewish holidays, has always embraced universal themes. As Jewish families light a candle every night for the next eight nights, they shine a light on the world for all to see its wonders, and remind us of our duty to drive out the darkness of human suffering.