From the Hanukkah (Chanukah) Service   2 comments

A Very Old Hanukkah Lamp

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The lights of Chanukah are a symbol of our joy.  In time of darkness, our ancestors had the courage to struggle for freedom:  freedom to be themselves, freedom to worship in their own way.  Theirs was a victory of the weak over the strong, the few over the many, and the righteous over the arrogant.  It was a victory for all ages and all peoples.

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

Blessed is the flame that burns in the heart’s secret places.

Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor’s sake.

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

Zion hears and is glad;

the cities of Judah rejoice, O Lord,

because of Your judgments.

Within living memory, our people was plunged into deepest darkness.  But we endured; the light of faith still burns brightly, and once again we see kindled the flame of freedom.  Our people Israel has survived all who sought to destroy us.  Now, through love and self-sacrifice, we labor to renew our life.

Let the lights we kindle shine forth for the world.  May they illumine our lives even as they fill us with gratitude that our faith has been saved from extinction time and again.

Gates of Prayer:  The New Union Prayerbook–Weekdays, Sabbaths, and Festivals:  Services and Prayers for Synagogue and Home (New York:  Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1975), p. 642

Posted November 28, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Praise of God/Seeking God 1900s

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