“Most Holy and Merciful King! You who are always standing in glory, in victory and in might. We, your servants acknowledge our full guilt in forcing you to displace us that we may know that you are G-D alone and we are but dust. However, we come to you with great joy in that you have kept your word and have begun to redeem us in the lands of our captivity. We stand as witnesses to your truth and faithfulness. During this season of Chanukah we are inspired because we have read the history of Your triumphs at the hands of our fathers, not in the land of Yisrael as we stood in our sovereignty, but we read of the triumphs and the mercy you displayed to a fallen people, a guilty people, a homeless people; Your people, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So as we stand here today further away, still in those conditions we are inspired because we know that you will hear the prayers, and see the struggles of your people in spite of our disposition. So we thank you, and pray that you will continue Your mercy and compassion on us that we too may raise the banner high that says: Mi Kamoka B’elim YHWH!
I, __________________, along with this congregation, rededicate ourselves this day to the Most High, the gracious and Holy One. May He accept our stand this day, and give us the inspiration to make our stand better tomorrow. We rededicate ourselves to Torah, truth and holiness. So that we may be cleansed and rejuvenated by the same, in order that we may be better able to serve the purposes of the true and living G-D, and that we may benefit our lives and the lives of our children. Please, Giver of all things, give us this day the strength that you gave to Daniel in the den of lions, the strength you gave to Hannaniyah, Azariyah and Meshael when they were sentenced to death in the furnace because they declared that even if G-D would not save them they would bow to no other; the strength you gave to Matitiyahu and his sons as they beat down Your enemies that we may be called by Thy Holy name. Amen.”
- Rabbi Baruch Yehudah