Banish Darkness, Bring on the Light (Hanukkah 5784)

lighting hanukkah candles
Can a candle pierce darkness? Can it thaw a broken heart?
I rub my hands together like a match. This Hanukkah will be different.
I am not a Maccabee, but I am among their ranks. To advertise light: how fanatical, how fantastical.
The hills of Judea howl with anger. My heart burns like the end of a match.
I am not warm yet but I am not cold, either. I realize I’ve been writing in tears.
Stand over me like a Shamash.
Bend your arms around me like a flame.
Tell me even amidst all this darkness we will find light.
As I count out the holes, I realize there are too many candles missing to fill a menorah.
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