Hanukkah 1 – 5776

Text by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Photos by Gabi Mezger


dark emotions lurk in our hearts

heaviness weighs down our souls

the night stretches on


we cannot see

we are lost

hope fades

but the picture is incomplete

a candle burns

piercing the darkness

anticipating dawn

reviving hope

carrying us forward

into a new day

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is the co-founder and President pro-tem of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network. She received her ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2005. 

carrying us forward

into the new day

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