Since Oct 7th, our global Jewish community has confronted a suddenly changed world full of overwhelming darkness. As the days have grown shorter, this darkness has threatened to overtake us. Our hearts have been broken by loss, and our spirits are burdened by the rising global threat of antisemitism. But, for those who have been paying attention, there have also been incredible beacons of light that give hope and renewed strength. Soon, the glow of the Chanukah candles will illuminate our homes, shining their light outward into the world bringing with them the reminder that a little bit of light dispels a great amount of darkness. Light, after all, is the only way to cast out the dark.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook taught1 that "the pure righteous do not complain about increase light; they do not complain about evil, but increase justice; they do not complain about heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom." In this spirit we celebrate the Festival of Lights with a sense of purpose and commitment to making a positive impact on our community in Dallas, Israel, and around the world.
Your unwavering support has been instrumental in increasing the light of hope, justice, faith, and wisdom within our community. From providing crucial assistance to those in need to fostering a spirit of unity and understanding, each initiative recapped below reflects the resilience and generosity that define our community.
As we embrace the festive season, we invite you to continue to share your light together with the lights of each and every treasured member of our community. Join us at one or more of the upcoming events that promise to further enhance the well-being of our community and give voice to our shared values. Together, we will continue to make a difference, increase the light, and strengthen the bonds that connect us all.
Wishing you a joyous Chanukah filled with warmth, love, and the inspiration to keep increasing the light in our world.