We Light These Lights: A New Hanerot Hallelu Prayer for Hanukkah

The Chicago Light Brigade (photo by Caroline Siede)

The Chicago Light Brigade (photo by Caroline Siede)

We light these lights
for the instigators and the refusers
the obstinate and unyielding
for the ones who kept marching
the ones who tended the fires
the ones would not bow down.

We light these lights
for the sparks that guide us on
through the gentle night
for the darkness that swaddles us
in its soft embrace until the moment
we inevitably emerge
into life renewed.

We light these lights
for the spirit of resilience that remains
after our strength has ebbed away
for the steadfast knowledge even as
the bullets echo repeatedly
off bodies lying in the streets
that the impunity of the powerful
cannot last forever.

These lights we light tonight
will never be used for any other purpose
but to proclaim the miracle
of this truth:
it is not by might nor by cruelty
but by a love that burns relentlessly
that this broken world
will be redeemed.

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7 Comments on “We Light These Lights: A New Hanerot Hallelu Prayer for Hanukkah”

  1. Deborah Farber says:

    We light these lights: what a beautiful, moving prayer! It’ll become an important part of our family’s Chanukah tradition.

  2. 2skipper says:

    I always read your posts on all holidays to give me some inspiration for what I meant say at my own house. Once again you have delivered.

  3. Wendy Greenfield says:

    Thank you! I love it!
    Wendy Greenfield

  4. salliegratch says:

    Brant…..thanks so much for always “being there”. It matters.

  5. Vince H. Alcantar says:

    “Make of yourself a light…” -The Buddha. “I am the light “-The Bible “The light of love”-The book “(Before)”.by V.H. Alcantar

  6. Shira Mendes de León says:

    Thank you.

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