Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Hanukkah

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
photos by Gabi Mezger and Rabbi Katy Z. Allen


For eight nights,
as we kindle lights
in the dark and the cold,
may the flickering candles
inspire us
to celebrate

the creation of this amazing world.

May the lights that break the darkness
remind us
of G!d's long-ago promise
never again to destroy this world.

May the lights that break the darkness
remind  us
to notice the symbol of that promise
all around us.















Each night,
for eight nights,
may the lights that break the darkness
remind us of what we know:
that it is up to us
to honor and to preserve
the wonder
the beauty
the intricacy
the delicacy
the power.

May the lights that break the darkness,
give us the strength to prevail,
the courage to keep on loving,
the wisdom to appreciate blessings,
the patience to pursue justice,
the openness to continue praying,
and the understanding
that each of us can, indeed,
make a difference,
and can make the world
just a little bit better
than it was before.

Chag urim sameach - Happy Hanukkah,

Rabbi Katy






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