I wrote these and performed them at Voices of the Season at the McCune in the JFK Library, and Hanukkah & Hilarity, respectively.
Voices of the Season
We are but a handful of voices this season
among a sparkling chorus of many reasons
to add a little more light to the winter chill,
spreading peace and love to ease the world’s ills.
For all the many traditional reasons
we choose to come together this season
may all our days be joyous and our blessings grow,
no matter how cold these winter winds blow.
Across the world homes are aglow
as candles flicker in their windows.
They shine out onto the streets,
welcoming every passerby,
as we dine on doughnuts and other treats,
proudly declaring we’ve survived.
We gather in evening twilight
to kindle our sacred lights.
We spark these joyful moments
connecting us to ancient times.
In dark times we ignite our light
whilst raising up a future so bright.
We do so for our ancestors’ dreams
who fought to live Jewish and free.
The warmth of our holy community
brings us all together in unity.
May we all leave this place
with hearts aglow and a smiling face.