Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees after their defeat of the forces of Antiochus. One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite singers, Light One Candle by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, celebrates the legacy of Hanukkah.

Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that their light didn't die
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker's time is at hand

Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish Brothers and friends. Let's make the commitment of the final verse of Peter Yarrow's song:

We have come this far always believing
That justice would somehow prevail
This is the burden, this is the promise
This is why we will not fail!

For the complete lyrics, see For more information on Hanukkah, see The Jewish Outreach Institute information on this holiday.