A Hanukkah Candle Lighting Prayer for Difficult Times

a hanukkiah with lit candles
Praise be to You, Adonai, Ruler of the universe, Creator of darkness and light.
We sing of Your glory l’dor v’dor –from generation to generation–in quiet prayer and in roaring celebration.
Tonight, as we light the candles, we remember that even a dark, desecrated place can be rededicated to You.
There is nowhere Your light does not reach, no darkness that is beyond You.
The cracks in our broken hearts let the light in; they make space for growth, renewal, and healing.
This Hanukkah, we rededicate ourselves to You in worship and in study, in thought and in deed, in joy and in hardship, working towards devekut–deepening our connection with You–for all time.


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