Friday, November 02, 2018

A Few Words

My father’s mother lit 
two Shabbat candles
and prayed
as she held her hands
in front of her eyes
The challah she cooked
and braided the day before
remained on the dining room table
until my grandfather chanted
an ancient prayer over the bread
My mother never lit candles
or bought challah for the Sabbath
I don’t light candles
but each morning I silently
recite a Hebrew blessing
to begin the day


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