By COLlive reporter
The students of Lamplighters Jewish Academy in Oxnard, California, found a new way to spread goodness and kindness throughout Chanukah with Project Flame, an online campaign to encourage people to increase in Mitzvos.
In previous years, the students were accustomed to sharing Project Flame in person, at malls and other public places, where they ask passersby to sign up for various mitzvos. This year, undeterred by Covid limitations, the project is running fully online.
They have created a website to facilitate their project, where people can post their Mitzvah Pledges and spread the light further. The children have a “leaderboard” up all Chanukah so they can keep track of incoming mitzvah pledges.
They also have a QR Code leading to their website on their neon orange sweatshirts to allow for socially distanced interactions.
“The children are so excited to see how their goodness is spreading so fast!” says Rabbi Dov Muchnik, Director of Chabad of Oxnard which operates the school. He also serves as a police chaplain.
He said the eager children are reaching out to their contacts in the hopes of reaching their goal of collecting 1,000 pledges.
So far, the pledges are rolling in. A woman pledged to reconnect with her brother. A man pledged to learn more Torah with his son. A surfer pledged to light the Menorah for the first time.
“It is their hope that the pure efforts of young children generating goodness and kindness will end the spread of disease and disunity and replace it with a spread of purity and holiness,” Rabbi Muchnick said. “Any moment now we await the Redemption, bringing us to a time of peace, love, health, and goodness everywhere.”
Pledge your Mitzvah before Chanukah is over at ProjectFlame.Live