Resilience

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editor’s note: on the evening of Dec 29, 2019, the wider Jewish community including area synagogues and Chabad of Montclair, as well as interfaith allies gathered for the lighting of the communal Hanukkiah as an act of solidarity in light of recent attacks on Jews.

RESILIENCE
By Judith Antelman

on a corner in December
in the cold in the rain

we light one candle
we remember

with community & family
with strangers & friends

we light two candles
we remember

arm in arm
hand in hand

we light three candles
we remember

we rejoice
we pray

we light four candles
we remember

we dance
we sing

we light five candles
we remember

tears merge with rain
love replaces pain

we light six candles
we remember

on a corner in December
in the cold in the rain

we light seven candles
we remember

peace.

we light eight candles
we remember

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Judith Antelman

Judith Antelman

Judith is a freelance writer and editor working with digital and print material from finance to food, politics to poetry, and tech to travel. A chocolatier as well, Judith owns and operates "Bark & Truffle" a business in Montclair and provides chocolate truffles for special events and parties. Judith joined Shomrei in 2017.
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2 thoughts on “Resilience

  1. I was out of town but saw the announcement about the event. Thank you for sharing all the emotions of lighting candles together in a public space.

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