Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you peace and creativity. This prayer is available as a video you may enjoy listening to and watching, with Judy Collins and Richard Stoltzman:
If you like the image above, it is available on my website. I have two different images there with the same prayer.

We are celebrating the 8 days of Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) now.  It is interesting to see the various spellings when taking a word from a different language (especially one with a different alphabet) and trying to put it into English. I've also had a good laugh this year seeing all the parodies available online with Chanukah prayers (some new/some old) set to popular music.

We will be having 10 for dinner tomorrow evening, some will be celebrating Chanukah for the first time.  I wrote a little poem thinking about that.

Chanukah – 2014

What brings us together on this holiday?
We come from many different places,
cultures and religions
but we have all settled in America.

My father came here 100 years ago from Minsk,
my mother’s family came from what is now Ukraine,
others at the table came from the Philippines
and still others were born in America,
but their families came from Poland and
other European countries.

Yet we gather here to light these Chanukah candles,
join in a festive meal, perhaps sing a little,
pray together a little and get to know each other.

What brings us together is love,
the respect we have for each other
and the love of our children for each other.
My hope at this time is that this love
will go out into the world
spread its sparks around
and help make a difference.

Chag Sameach.

©Linda H. Feinberg
(Chag Sameach is Hebrew for Happy Holiday)

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