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the Winter Solstice (21 December)

This is an archive of prayers, prayer-poems, and songs written for, or relevant to, the Winter Solstice (tequfat haḥoref) in the Jewish tradition.

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Tilt: A Prayer for the Winter Solstice, by Trisha Arlin

בָּאנוּ חׇשֵׁךְ לְקַדֵּשׁ | Banu Ḥoshekh l’Ḳadesh (We come to sanctify the dark), by rabbis David Seidenberg and Jill Hammer

בָּאנוּ חֹשֶׁךְ לְגָרֵשׁ | Banu Ḥoshekh l’Garesh (We come to chase the dark away), by Sara Levi-Tanai (1960)

📄 מִדְרָשִׁים עַל אָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן וּתְקוּפַת הַחֹרֶף | Midrashim on the Origin of Winter Solstice Festivals by the Primordial Adam

תהלים קל״ט | Psalms 139, a mizmor by David with verses attributed to Adam haRishon for the Winter Solstice