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Kindling the Lights of Justice

close picture of yellow and blue candles burning in a hannukkiah

While this prayer was designed for immigration advocacy, it can be applied across the social justice world. Recite in Hebrew, English, or both!


.בָרוּךְ אָתָא יְיָ אֱלוֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אָשֶר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתַיו וְצִיוָנוּ לְהָדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חַנוּקַה. נְבָרֵךְ אֶת נֵר הָצָדִיק

Blessed are you, Adonai our God, ruler of the world, who commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights. Let us bless the light of justice (n’varekh et ner hatzadik).

As the hanukkiah glows brighter each night, so may our nation become more just. May the lights of Hanukkah fill us with a commitment to pursue justice for all.

See additional materials for Hanukkah and immigration rights at: http://hiaspa.org/hanukkah2013

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