The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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No More Petroleum Candles!


Chanukah is all about finding a way to make the oil last. As the Paris climate talks are underway, you can do that in a very concrete way. Light up your Chanukah using a renewable resource like beeswax or vegetable oil, by getting non-petroleum candles to light in your menorah, or lighting an olive oil menorah, and keep more petroleum in the ground where it belongs.

We are fast approaching Chanukah, and neohasid.org has arranged a discount code to help you get renewably sources candles from Zion Judaica in time for the holiday. The code is NEOHASID.ORG and it will give you 10% off through Dec 3 at noon.

The codes for the non-petroleum candles that they sell are: beeswax (ZJ-BC30, ZJ-BC31, C-21-M), organic vegetable oil (C-23-I, C-23-M), and stearic acid (ZJ-C03, ZJ-C04, ZJ-C05). Go to this page to order.

Let's plant seeds of light for a sustainable future! And remember, you can find more resources, liturgy, songs, and divrei Torah for Chanukkah (and for this week especially, prayers for the Earth) here.

Chag Urim Sameach!

Rabbi David Seidenberg

P.S. This year is a trial. Next year we will get a discount started a month in advance! In the meantime: if you have Amazon Prime, you can also get "vegetable wax chanukah candles" from Amazon with free two-day shipping.

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