And on this night…

Tonight is the third night of Chanukah, and I have so many beautiful friends who will be gathered in their homes, lighting that third candle.  Night is, for many of us, both a time of beauty and peace, and a time of terror.  I know that for many Jews across the world it continues to be so.

So, on this day, I share with you my reflection on that all important book about night, the one by the great Elie Wiesel.  I imagine that the book is more appropriate for Yom Hashoah than for Chanukah, but maybe not.  In the end, it is about the miracle of overcoming — just like Chanukah.

And so, I offer the blessings on this night, and hope that we never again must live through Night described by Wiesel.

First blessing:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

Second blessing:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

Amen.

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