Communal Tragedy

As individuals, we all know pain and loss. It is the rare person who escapes sorrow. But when one of us hurts, others are there to offer comfort. Communal tragedy is different. When something bad happens to us as a community—whether that is a school, a town, a people, or a country—we struggle to figure out how to tend to our own wounds while taking care of each other. Drawing on compassion, empathy, justice, and love, we can bring out the best in each other, and perhaps, find a theology of hope in the midst of despair.

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This new poem honors the complex feeling of Hanukkah this year, 2023/5784.
a silver and blue dreidl
“How do we choose who will live or who will die, what measure do we use / to free them and ourselves from this nightmare…”
two hands reaching to the heavens
“How can a body survive so much spilled blood?”
a rose against blackness
“Blessed are You, Creator of the Universe, who frees the bound.”
trees on the hillside
“She’s 19 years old, / younger than my children, / older than my grandchildren: Noa Marciano…”
a photo of many candles
“we remind ourselves / of eternal light at the core / of the universe”
view of earth from space
“Can we fill ourselves with breath / of kindness, breath of calm?”
birds fly towards each other against a blue sky
This poem is dedicated to dedicated to Vivian Silver, z”l, and her vision for peace
a protest for peace
A poem marking the 40th day of fighting after the attacks on October 7th.
a thunderstorm in a dark sky
a family heirloom photo

The Reconstructionist Network

Light the World: A Nia Dance Party for Hanukkah

Welcome Hanukkah through the Nia movement practice. We’ll kindle our unique candles to music by Jewish singers, followed by prompts for reflection and writing. Nia is adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Move with us on December 7, 2023.

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