Kislev is Here
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
by Debbie Perlman, z”l
Slowly, You ease the chill upon us,
Sending midday sun to warm us;
Through the shattered glass of yesterday’s pain,
You move us ahead into winter’s dark.
Balance the dark with Your light, O Eternal;
Balance the cold with the warmth of Your care.
Balance our questions with Your clues, O Eternal;
Balance our fears with Your comforting hand.
And in the grip of Kislev‘s deepest cold,
Light so brief we could swallow it in one gulp,
Balance the darkness with shining eyes,
Smoothed windows cleared
To broadcast the growing light,
Pinpoints of Your living flame,
Answers to our winter yearning.