As the Jewish world gets set to celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Agency for Israel has produced a special kit for each of the eight nights of the holiday titled “In Their Light” to honor heroes of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks in Israel.
It spotlights eight stories of courage shown by men and women during the onslaught of Hamas and other operatives who infiltrated the southern border with Israel. Their acts of bravery often resulted in injury and death. The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror has been supporting these and thousands of other bereaved families, and families of the injured, since that Black Shabbat morning.
Each night during Chanukah, individuals can choose one of these heroes’ stories before lighting candles. The kit contains eight stories of courage and two empty cards so people can add their own heroes. Stories of bravery are not limited to the local community or Jews.
After lighting the candles and sharing the story of the chosen hero, individuals are asked to share their photos by gathering around the menorah, holding up the card with the hero’s story and tagging the organization on social networks using the hashtag #InTheirLight.
Thousands of Jewish Agency emissaries stationed around the world are distributing these stories to their communities. In North America, they will send them with more than 3,000 packs of candles ordered from a factory in Sderot, which suffered extensive attacks on Oct. 7 and has since been evacuated due to continued rocket fire launched from Gaza.
Mark Wilf, Jewish Agency chairman of the board of governors, said: “The sorrow and grief we are all feeling is unbearable, but through the depths of such darkness, countless stories of valor shine. In Their Light allows us to acknowledge some of the heroes of this time and bring glimmers of hope into our homes this Chanukah.”
Download the activity kit at: www.intheirlight.org.