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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Banish the Darkness

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From Rabbi David

One of the lesser well-known Chanukah songs in America is called Banu Choshech:

בָּאנוּ חוֹשֶׁךְ לְגָרֵשׁ בְּיָדֵינוּ אוֹר וָאֵשׁ כָּל אֶחָד הוּא אוֹר קָטָן וְכֻלָנוּ אוֹר אֵיתָן סוּרָה חוֹשֶׁךְ הָלְאָה שְחוֹר סוּרָה מִפְּנֵי הָאוֹר

The song means:

Come let's banish the darkness

Light and fire is in our hands

Every person is a little light

And we are all a strong light

Go away darkness, move out blackness

Go away and make way for light.

There is darkness. It's all around us. Sometimes it feels heavy and thick like the darkness of the plague in Egypt and other times it is lighter - but it's always there. There is a persistent need for each of us to be the light in the darkness. This is especially true in this, the darkest time of the year both because of the length of the day and because of the collective darkness we have been in for the past two months since Oct. 7.

Our teachers and I are so grateful for the gift that you have given us of your children's light. They brighten our darkest moments. Each child at Gan Sinai is a little light and a strong light!

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