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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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For the Sabbath in Hanukkah (Chanukah)   4 comments

Hanukkah Stamp, U.S.A.

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With grateful hearts we remember Your protection, when tyrants sought to destroy Your people and to uproot the religion of Israel.  We take pride in the valor of the Maccabees, their faith in You, their devotion to Your law which inspired them to deeds of heroism.  We commemorate the rededication of Your sanctuary, the consecration of its altar to Your worship, and celebrate the rekindling of the eternal light, whose rays shone forth out of the encircling darkness as the symbol of Your presence as the beacon light of Your truth for all the world.

Be with us now–with us and our children.  Make us strong to do Your will.  Help us to understand and proclaim the truth, that not by might and not by power, but by Your power alone can we prevail.  Grant to each person and every nation the blessings of liberty, justice, and peace.  Let injustice and oppression cease, and hatred, cruelty, and wrong pass away, so that all human beings may unite to worship You in love and devotion.

Bless, O God, the Chanukah lights, that they may shed their radiance into our homes and our lives.  May they kindle within us the flame of faith and zeal, that, like the Maccabees of old, we battle bravely for Your cause.  Then shall we be worthy of Your love and Your blessing, O God, our Shield and our Protector.  Amen.

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. 397

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

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