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December 4, 2007

Jew Against Channukah

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:08 pm

Some Jews — in Israel, no less — are now against Channukah. On the grounds of … Global Warming!

In a campaign that has spread like wildfire across the Internet, a group of Israeli environmentalists is encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment.

The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign found that every candle that burns completely produces 15 grams of carbon dioxide. If an estimated one million Israeli households light for eight days, they said, it would do significant damage to the atmosphere.

“The campaign calls for Jews around the world to save the last candle and save the planet, so we won’t need another miracle,” said Liad Ortar, the campaign’s cofounder, who runs the Arkada environmental consulting firm and the Ynet Web site’s environmental forum. “Global warming is a milestone in human evolution that requires us to rethink how we live our lives, and one of the main paradigms of that is religion and how it fits into the current situation.”

United Torah Judaism MK Avraham Ravitz called the environmentalists “crazy people who are playing with the minds of innocent Jewish people.” He said the campaign would only convince people who do not light candles anyway.

“They should encourage people to light one less cigarette instead,” Ravitz said.

But if they do that, they’ll only make people live longer, and produce more carbon emmissions!

3 Responses to “Jew Against Channukah”

  1. ollie Says:

    Good to see you blogging again.

    This makes me chuckle a bit (mind you, I drive a Prius); I might tell my yoga teacher to not light candles. (just kidding).

    One serious question though: I understand that Hanukka is related to the success that the Macabees had during their revolt (and how the candles burned longer than they should have given the oil supply; I was raised Catholic and the first two books of Macabees were considered inspired scripture as they were in the Septuigent)

    But I’ve also head that Hanukka is more important in the US than it is in other areas because it plays the role of a Jewish winter holiday (that might be compatible with Christmas). Is that true?

  2. Democratic NPR Radio Debate « blueollie Says:

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  3. Toria Says:

    I have a better idea! What if these same Jews promised not to drive for one day each week. Then they would reduce carbon emissions
    by 1/7th. Right? How about Saturday?

    In similar news, assemblants at Al Gore’s Nobel Prize ceremony burned torches to celebrate the work he has done to prevent
    global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

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