Simchat Torah

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Yedid Nefesh
, Heart of my heart...
  As the leaves fall, as all life turns...
    my gratitude rises...

 

 

 

 

You Who hold me in Your hand...
  just as I now pray for rain



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that my fields
may bring forth new life...

so rises my thanksgiving
 for Your wisdoms, which water my spirit...
   nourish my inner lands...

 


You, Who gives me life...
  as the moon grows dim...as night falls...
    place Your hand in mine... 

For this is the evening of endings...
  and this is the evening of beginnings...
    the everlasting dance of life.... 

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And You, You thread through it all...
  You, traveling with me... 
    through closings, the dying times...
      to the rewindings, the reworkings...
    through that which is seen and that which lies hidden...
    through that which is known and that which lies shrouded in mystery...
    through that which is written, and that which lies waiting to be expressed...

 

  

I join with you....
  dance with You... my Partner... through it all...
     through all the cycles of my life...

Ever returning to the start... 
  that poignant, fresh, glistening point...
      font of burgeoning life...
        filled with heart...
          awaiting me...

So come Yedid Nefesh...Soul of my soul...
 let us dance the dance eternal....
   You, Whom my soul ever seeks...

 

Photography Credits

First photograph: Frank Dobrushken
Second and third photographs: Leonid Rozenfeld