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Mordechai Amitay

This night

Yad Mordechai, 1977

This night we light the lights on the tops of towers
This night we rinse the torches of the street alike waves
This night we light the candles in the windows of the houses
And the shining eyes of children, look out from the windows
This night we tell again, as we do every year
That same ancient tale, that same old story
About the Chanukah miracle, about the rebels - Maccabees fighting the Greeks
And heroism of the smallest child of the seven children
How the small jar, sufficed for all eight days
About those miracles that could also happen now sometimes...

Because there are those who also want to extinguish the light now
Because there are conquerors and oppressors everywhere and in every generation
However that small light in the window reminds us and alludes
That always, when we really want it, we can also make the miracle happen
That every light that we light this night anywhere in the world
Will light all the nights and all the places - for everyone!

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