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Spiritual Progressive Festival of Lights

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” which begins this year Sunday night, Dec. 18, 2022 and continues through Monday, December 26, 2022. It is also Christmas eve, another festival of lights.

In this TED Talk, Rabbi Sharon Brous pleads that we must reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of environmental loss, violence, extremism, and pessimism. She offers a prescription of Wakefulness, Hope, Mightiness and Interconnectedness.

Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, a community “that has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. IKAR’s goal is to reinvigorate Jewish religious and spiritual practice, inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice in counter-testimony to the small-minded extremism now prevalent in so many religious communities.”

As Rabbi Michael Lerner said in Tikkun Magazine “Chanukah and Christmas can be turned into occasions for the spiritual progressives in these religions to unite, affirm their shared message of hope and insist that all our friends and families stop wallowing in despair and cynicism and instead join us in challenging the forces of fear that have led so many people to embrace militarism and xenophobia.”

“Let them hear the voices of those who raise high the banner of love, kindness, generosity, social and economic justice, environmental sanity and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe — and let that message be prominently and explicitly articulated by YOU throughout this holiday season.”

“It’s a spiritual progressive approach — and you can be a militant atheist, agnostic or secular humanist and still be a spiritual progressive — you don’t have to believe in God or be part of any religious community, you only have to be willing to commit your energies to build a world of love, justice, and environmental sanity," Reading Tikkun's vision at and then join their international movement at”

Let there be light this sacred season, among all of us!


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