The Fourth Flame: The Flame of Elijah

Thank you to Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT for making a statement this week on the United States Senate Floor about the Elijah Moment Campaign. May the spirit of Elijah and the holiday of Chanukah enable us to truly experience the words of the prophets when Elijah will arrive and herald the coming of the Mashiach and a time of peace and light for the world.


Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, we have recently returned from the Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans from all walks of life come together with family and friends to express gratitude for our good fortune and great blessings. The weekend following Thanksgiving was devoted by many to holiday shopping – a good opportunity to support local businesses, but also too often a spectacle of commercialization that threatens to obscure the true meaning of the holiday season.

Today, I would like to honor the work of two Connecticut community leaders for their laudable efforts to remind us of the holiday’s true meaning. Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, and Pastor Greg Doll of Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, have together launched the Elijah Moment Campaign. Named after a figure in Jewish tradition who appears spontaneously to help those in need, this interfaith campaign seeks to encourage simple acts of kindness between friends and strangers alike. Each recipient of an act of generosity goes on to “pay it forward” by helping someone else. Even seemingly minor gifts like buying a stranger’s cup of coffee, as occurred en masse during a campaign-organized kindness event at a Stamford Starbucks last week, can motivate significant acts of charity and promote a prevailing spirit of benevolence.

I am grateful to Rabbi Cohen and Pastor Doll for coming together to remind us, in their words, that “an act of generosity as simple as a kind word can transform a fleeting moment into an eternal one.” The simplest acts of giving highlights the strong connections we all share, even as divisive rhetoric at home and violent acts abroad threaten our solidarity and safety. I honor and admire the spirit of the Elijah Moment Campaign, and I encourage all to do the same.

The Elijah Moment at Starbucks

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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