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Hear Oh L-rd

The Festival of Lights, Chanukah has arrived
a hopeful time of praise each year revived. 
The Menorah lit, each home becomes a church.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe.

Our sister Miriam lights the shamash taper first 
a maiden fair and scholarly her prayers rehearsed
to bring together all that's beautiful, diverse.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe.

Eight nights we praise the L-rd for gifting us with Light
and pass around small things which bring delight. 
We rejoice. In brotherhood we are immersed.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe.

May G-d in his greatness light all your days
May family, friends, and foes mend their ways 
for all have needs, let kindness tame their thirsts
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe.

*Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Cha-nu-kah. 
* Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Chanukah. 

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Date: 1/11/2013 9:18:00 AM
Amen, cher!...Beautifuly written...I see what you mean now about a Kyrielle being a prayer...Congratulations too of course - Tim
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Date: 1/9/2013 11:31:00 PM
Great Win!
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Date: 1/9/2013 4:07:00 PM
Congrats on your winning work..Great work about the Jewish celebration..Sara
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Date: 1/8/2013 4:56:00 PM
Debbie, a nice SEASON OF LIGHTS a nice & warm CONGRATULATIONS, with your win is a DELIGHT & ENLIGHTENMENT in OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY (contest)... keep up the good work... always~PD
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Date: 1/3/2013 11:02:00 PM
How is it that 'O' gets omitted from God and Lord? Enjoyed the write. Congrats, Deb!! Jag
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Date: 1/3/2013 4:40:00 PM
Congratulations on a great win, Debbie. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/3/2013 3:02:00 PM
I love the poem........and the wonderful postscript is such a lovely prayer as well. It is so good to hear many various ways of celebrating the holy days......we each have our own unique experience. Loved this!
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Date: 1/3/2013 10:41:00 AM
I enjoyed your poem, I am curious to why you used a - in Lord our God??
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Date: 1/3/2013 10:35:00 AM
A beautiful heartfelt poem. I am just curious: are we now so PC that we cannot say the Lord's name in public? This is why I find the poem somewhat disturbing. Congratulations on your win, Debbie.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 1/3/2013 1:21:00 PM
Thank you to Cyndie who had cleared up this mystery for me. Debbie, I hope that you don't find it offensive when we use the Lord's name in poetry here on Soup. I, also, have been taught (High Church of England) that the His name should never be used in vain and I usually shy away from sharing poetry where I express my religious believes - just a personal note.
Date: 11/19/2012 8:43:00 AM
Debbie, We are indeed blessed as you point out. Let kindness tame their thirsts! I would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for your kind comment.
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Date: 11/19/2012 3:14:00 AM
Debbie just wonderful, saw The Festival of Light in Italy last year...just stunning...David
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Date: 11/18/2012 8:13:00 PM
Very Nice!!!!
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