Please note that this was written in the Northern Hemisphere and conveys the experience of Ḥeshvan as a winter month.
The references to Hershel and hard-boiled eggs are from the popular picture book, Hershel and the Ḥanukkah Goblins, by Eric A. Kimmel, which is highly recommended both in general and in further understanding this poem.
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May we be nourished by the darkness
and by the light
May we be held in our moments of darkness
May all of the Shabbat candles from the past year cheer us on
May Hershel stay with us all year
May we let our dreams be our ḥevrutas
And may we put the Lev back in Kislev
“Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Kislev, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.