A Hanukkah Poem

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Today I'm posting a poem I wrote some years back and which is published in my anthology From My Heart to Yours.


The menorah is lost

The elders are dead

Wooden synagogue burned

Torah scrolls burned

Village burned

Sanctuary desolate

The light of the covenant

Lost to our house.


It is solstice

The time of rekindling.

Fire hidden in dry cistern

Forgotten for generations

Liquid fire

Hidden in Jewish heart

Blazes forth anew.

Ancient fire

Lost and reborn

Light of all the peoples

Glints on brass lampstand

Sparkles in the window

Shines on faces of ecstatic Sufis

Streams into hearts awake with love

For Krishna, Rama, Kali, Christ, Mohammed,

Illumining, illumining.


Baruch atah adonai elohenu!

Rachel, Perel, Daniel,

On this, the birthday of your first born child

The light of Hanukkah,

Light of the menorah

Light of Torah

Returns to your house.




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