Chanukah is a holiday that reminds us of the importance of moral clarity. Human affairs are almost always, by definition, complicated, multi-faceted, messy, and imperfect. However, that is no excuse for slipping into moral relativism or for abandoning the need to speak and act with moral clarity and assurance. The lack of moral clarity that we have witnessed in response to the current Israel-Hamas war is troubling to say the least. As an extended Jewish family, we need to remind the world that, while human affairs are complex and complicated, we need to be able to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, with even greater confidence than ever before.
Micah Lapidus is a rabbi and the director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy.