Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 17, 2007

Candle Warming

Menorah2 by khanele

Environmentalists in Israel are promoting a new scheme to reduce global warming.

They claim that lighting Hanukkah candles will significantly damage the environment.

Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple after the Jewish recapture of Jerusalem from the Greeks and Syrians. Under the Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes, Jews had been massacred and the Temple looted and defiled. According to the Talmud, only one day’s supply of olive oil remained for the Temple menorah, but it miraculously burned for eight days—the time needed to procure fresh oil.

The eight-day festival was instituted by Judas Maccabeus in 164 B.C. with a purification ceremony of the Temple. Jesus’ attendance at this feast is recorded in John 10:22-38.

Two Hanukkah candles are lit the first night, three the second, and so on till nine are lit on the eighth night—a total of 44 candles. So Hanukkah warms the globe to the tune of 44 million candles from the estimated one million Jewish households.

The “Green Hanukkia” campaign calls for Jews around the world to light one less candle in their menorahs to reduce global warming. It calls for Jews to save the last candle and thereby save the planet by only lighting 43 million candles instead of 44 million.

Green Hanukkia says to light one less menorah candle

Green Hanukkia says to light
one less menorah candle

The Jerusalem Post reported this latest global warming wackiness in the article
‘Green Hanukkia’ campaign sparks ire.

Activists claim each candle produces 15 grams of CO2, and they are concerned about the cumulative effect on the environment of the CO2 produced by burning these millions of candles.

A little investigation shows there is no need for a candle-burning alarm. According to the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, a person exhales about 2.2 pounds of CO2 per day. This converts to exhaling about 21 grams of CO2 during the average 30 minutes a Hanukkah candle burns. Thus burning a Hanukkah candle produces less than 75% of the CO2 a person would naturally exhale during this period. No big deal.

Americans who warm to Green Hanukkia’s idea could participate by lighting one less birthday candle every year.

People have gone berserk over global warming. For a sane analysis and Biblical perspective on the global warming issue, see the Bible-Science articles Global Warming and Global Warming in the Bible from June 2007.

Click Christmas Articles to read my other blog posts on Christmas topics.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Monday December 17, 2007 A.D.

Read the December 2007 Bible-Science column:
Christmas Animals.

At that time the Feast of the Dedication [Hanukkah] took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The Jews therefore gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these bear witness of Me.(John 10:22-25)

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