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'Given the Nature of Reality' by Turlough O'Carolan is a popular poem on Hanukah festival.

Given the Nature of Reality

Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights that is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Maccabees over the Hellenistic Syrians. There are several poems written on Hanukkah, which can be recited during the festival gathering. These poems bring out the history and traditions associated with the festival. Some of them are philosophical in tone and convey the message of Hanukkah, whereas others dwell on the joys and fun of the festival. 'Given the Nature of Reality' is a popular Hanukkah poem written by Turlough O'Carolan. It is a small poem, but is highly emphatic in its appeal. The poem brings out the imagery of lighting of the special candelabrum, Menorah, on Hanukkah.

The poet asks people to light the candle in memory of the festival. This candle will wipe away ambiguity, uncertainty and unawareness existing among them today. It will serve as the illuminating factor in everyone’s life and help them in leading a virtuous life. the light given by it will also enable people to see through the reality and make proper decisions. The poet has used selective words for 'Given the Nature of Reality', which can convey his meaning in the right form. The poem is apt to be recited during the Hanukkah feast, which will make those people present have a serious thought over their ways of life. Read on to explore the lyrics of the poem and feel the impact.

Given the Nature of Reality

Given the nature of reality
And the elusiveness of truth;
Being aware of ambiguity
Re: uncertainties of proof;
In the service of not seeming
Excessively uncouth:
Light a candle. Save a rabbi.