We have come to banish the darkness

“We have come to banish the darkness.
In our hands is light and fire.
Every one is a small light.
But together we are a mighty fire.
Out, darkness!
Run away before the power of light!”
– traditional Channukah song


Being alone

“Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”
– Paul Tillich


“Which is worth more, a crowd of thousands
Or your own genuine solitude?
Freedom, or power over an entire nation.

“A little while alone in your room
Will prove more valuable than anything else
That could ever be given to you.”
~ Rumi

We Each Must Choose

(A person) has to choose between awe and anxiety, between the divine and the demonic, between radical amazement and radical despair. A time without awe becomes an age of anxiety; blindness to the presence of the divine leads to being possessed by the demonic.
– Abraham Joshua Heschel