The Hebrew word for miracle, ness, also means banner: a miracle is a banner that announces something.
Alice refers to the title character in Alice in Wonderland, a popular children’s book by Lewis Carroll.
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עַל הַנִּסִּים al hanisim
Upon the banners that we raised high
And for all of the moments that raise us up
וְעַל הַנִּפְלָאוֹת v’al hanifla’ot
And for the wonders
וְעַל הַמִּלְחָמוֹת v’al hamilḥamot
and for the times that we took up the fight
וְעַל הַפֻּרְקָן v’al hapurkan
and for all of the moments
for all of the times that we are able to see our power
וְעַל הַגְּבוּרוֹת v’al hag’vurot
for all of the moments that we knew
וְעַל הַתְּשׁוּעוֹת v’al hat’shuot
for all of the times that we reclaimed sacred spaces
and breathing and delighting
for all of the shrineful moments of knowing
for all of the moments of Yes!
for all of the huge and tiny movements
and for all of the revolutions and resolutions
for all of the bullets that never flew
for all of the moments of hopefulness
for all of the times I got to hold up the banner
for all of the moments I didn’t give up
add a line or two from your own life:
for all of the banners that we raise up
בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וּבַזְּמַן הַזֶּה bayamim hahem uvaz’man hazeh
“Al HaNisim: For the Banners, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
תפילה ליום הודו על חנוכּה | Prayer for when Thanksgiving Day falls during Ḥanukkah, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)
כַּוָּנָה לְהַדְלָקַת נֵרוֹת חֲנֻכָּה | Kavvanah for Ḥanukkiah Lighting by Bonna Devora Haberman, z”l (Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism, 2002)
תפילה לראש חודש טבת ותקופת החורף על חנוכּה | Prayer for the new moon of Tevet on Ḥanukkah occurring on the winter solstice, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)
תפילה לחודש כסלו עד סוף חנוכה | Prayer for the month of Kislev through the end of Ḥanukkah (from Isaiah 60), by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
בָּאנוּ חׇשֵׁךְ לְקַדֵּשׁ | Banu Ḥoshekh l’Ḳadesh (We come to sanctify the dark), by rabbis David Seidenberg and Jill Hammer
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