Yesterday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm, tens of millions of people in hundreds of cities around the world came together once again to make a bold statement about their concern about climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour symbolizes that by working together, each person can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.
Here in the U.S., it sends a message that Americans care about this issue and stand with the rest of the world in seeking to find solutions to the escalating climate crisis.
Mark and I heard about this "Earth Hour" as we prepared for Shabbat and couldn't help but smile.
For within a few hours, the only lights in our home would be the tiny white lights overhead and Shabbat Candles. Twenty munites before sunset, I would kindle the last of the Candles and with the saying of the blessings, Welcome Shabbat.
No TV, Radio, Computers, Radios. No stoves or micowaves turned on.
We spend time in the House of G-d, studying His Word, and with family. Mama makes enough food Friday afternoon so that she doesn't have to cook Saturday and thrus enjoy a day away from the oven.
In observant Jewish homes around the world for 24 hours the only light enjoyed is the twinkling of CandleLight reflecting off of water glasses and forks digging into chocolate cake.
Interesting, by the Keeping of Shabbat we have been "doing our part concerning the escalaing climate crisis" for years.
Shabbat: G-d's weekly Earth Day.