Day 3: Having less at Chanukah, not more
Shmita is justified by torah as a way of ensuring that all will eat, especially the poor (Exodus 23):
Rather than acquiring more and more (often made from that ever
precious resource - oil) this Chanukah, perhaps take time to think about
what you have that you do not need or use - could someone else benefit
more from what is at the back of your kitchen draw or toy box, or perhaps
you have 2 of something that you like but you don’t need? What would
society look like if we all had what we needed, and less excess that we
י וְשֵׁשׁ שָׁנִים, תִּזְרַע אֶת-אַרְצֶךָ; וְאָסַפְתָּ, אֶת-תְּבוּאָתָהּ.
10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof;
St. Basil the Great (329-379)
When someone steals a man’s clothes we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who would clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has no shoes; the money which you hoard belongs to the poor. You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor man; you are handing over to him what is his.