Raza de Hanukkah 7

Raza de Hanukkah 7

These are all our children
— President Obama, December 14, 2012

On the seventh night there was a halt in festivities
And the question:

What is it?
Took on a new sense:

Something terrible happened in our land
Something so broken.

We considered how we came to be this way
How we could become something else;

To find a way
Out of our breakage;

We are all implicated
It’s all of us and it’s everything;

We had to become willing to sit in our sadness
Resist the simple and the fragmented —

To find our silence
And mourn for those who lost.

jsg, usa

Raza de Hanukkah 6

The war or the oil —
What’s the miracle.

The addict with two days
Says to the addict with one day:
Come on, you can do this.

That’s the miracle.
In this time
Now.

What brings the miracles together:
Giving from the soul
Mesirat-nefesh.

The miracle of light
The miracle of battle;

It’s a war for the Light —

A real battle.

jsg, usa

Raza de Hanukkah 5

The miracle is the oil
Not the vessel
The vessel–
Tin plated over iron rods;

The oil is inwardliness
The light is inwardliness;

Now take everything out of your pockets
Take off those fancy boots
That shirt with the pearl buttons —
Take it off;

Put it in a pile in the middle of the floor
Look at it until what rises is real;

That’s you.

jsg, usa

BT, Menachot 28b
Rav Kook, Igrot HaRe’iyah