Chanukah as an Environmentalists’ Debate

The other day I suggested that Chanukah might be considered a paradigmatic environmental holiday because God’s central miracle essentially entailed energy conservation: The Temple Menorah as Prius. A teacher of mine (an Orthodox rabbi who moonlights as a professional photographer), said that he could accept that, but that he sees Chanukah as a demonstration of …


Chanukah: The Ultimate Environmental Festival

“To see what is in front of one’s nose is a constant struggle.” — George Orwell. Every now and then, something hits you right between the eyes, and you wonder why you didn’t see it before.  Thus it is that I realized this morning that Chanukah, which begins this Saturday evening, is the paradigmatic environmental …