AIDS DAY: Candles for good causes
Wednesday night was the first night of Hanukkah. I normally am at home with my family to light the first candle. However, that night I chose to be with the AIDs Coalition in commemoration of International AIDS Day. It was especially important to me as the theme was for Human Rights of AIDS patients and it was held here at the Human Rights Education Institute.
We heard from a couple of people who have AIDS and their stories. It made one feel good about how they were looking at the worst and now have wonderful families. I was touched by one woman who thought she wouldn't live but now is the proud mother of two sons who have served our country overseas.
Hanukkah means "rededication" and commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. To me, it is the continuing dedication through faith and action the pursuit of high religious and human ideals for all people by all people.
At the end of the program we all lit candles in memory of all who have passed away from this terrible illness. I lit my Hanukkah candle.
DANIEL Z. LEPOW
Human Rights Education Institute