Lighting the candles for Hanukkah,
For connection, warmth, and pride.
The coldest, darkest, time of year.
The earth tilted away from the sun,
We tilt inward.
We choose to pause,
We mark time in
Our community ablaze
We hold each other
in a circle of light
Our Tribe is generous,
Our Tribe is curious hands,
and shining eyes.
Our souls become focused
a beacon of joy-
in our collective window.
About the author: Meleia is an avid Gather Groupie and 10 year resident of DC. Gather has helped Meleia find her people, find her place, and find her path to her own meaningful Jewish identity and community. She lives with her amazing husband Alex, and their 29 houseplants in Kalorama Triangle. She is self proclaimed “pathological optimist” who loves yoga, bird watching, and travel.
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