Vayeshev / וַיֵּשֶׁב And He Settled, Genesis 37:1–40:23 Torah Study and Poetry

Hanukah During COVID-19

Around the world
families and synagogues gather
masked and physically distanced
dressed for the weather
outside synagogues
bringing light into the world
the first candle
Shabbat candles
the second light
lighting flames to dispel the darkness
remember how strong we are
each day for eight days
celebrate life as it is
here and now

Hannukah Candle poetry with Kimberly Burnham. Photo by Andres F. Uran on Unsplash

Favorite One

Jealousy and hate welling up
for the favorite one
a child
a town
a nation
a leader

Vayeshev / וַיֵּשֶׁב (Genesis 37:1–40:23) Word Cloud Poetry, the most common words found in a selected text are the largest in a Word Cloud creating a visual representation of important themes.

Joseph and Brothers

Brothers dreaming
not always together
in unison

The Right Time

When is the right time to do good
when everyone is home watching
when none of the household is inside
when God is watching
when is the time to see my own image reflected back to me
reminding me to do good
and that I am never truly alone
― Genesis 39:7–19

Menorah, Symbol of Hanukah Strength

“Not by might and not by power, but rather by my spirit alone.”
like Zechariah
may we see we do not already know everything
about Hanukah
the world and life
acknowledge our roles
parents, leaders, teachers, and rabbis
start from curiosity
look to deeper meaning
equate uncertainty with a chance
to see in a new way
―Zechariah 2:14–4:7



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham


Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.