Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

A Song that Holds My Heart

This prayer/poem is as much a song as a prayer, written on the train from Acco to Tel Aviv in June, 2011. Readers will recognize the allusion to the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikvah, ‘The Hope.’ Here’s a rendition by Avivit Caspi. This is the third prayer I completed on that trip, including: “Sages” and “To Find Home.” To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

A Song that Holds My Heart
Tell me about your land and your spirit.
Tell me about your people and your love.
Tell me about your history and your longing.
Sing a song of hope,
The song of hope,
The song that holds my heart.

Lead me to the cypress and the wadi,
The rhythm of hills and whispers of the desert,
The music of the waters and the heartbeat of stone.
Sing a song of hope,
The song of hope,
The song that holds my heart.

This land, this people, are one.
This land, this people, are one.

Show me your strength and your passion.
Show me your joy and your fear.
Show me your pride and your yearning.
Sing a song of hope,
The song of hope,
The song that holds my heart.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here are links to two other prayers about Israel: “Israel: A Meditation” and “Jerusalem: A Meditation.” Click here for more prayers and meditations about Israel.

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4 Responses to “A Song that Holds My Heart”

  1. Rabbi MO

    I was very happy to be a part of that experience and the quality was very special to meet you and spend some time in our holy city-Tsfat. I look foward to share that experience with all your friends travelling through Israel and making it up north to Tsfat and asking for Ascent and Rabbi Big MO! Have a very special summer and continue to inspire and be inspired always.

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  2. lori heyman gordon

    On my first trip to Israel, years ago, I wrote lyrics and a melody:

    “God Bless Yerushalayim and shield her in thy light
    God Bless Yerushalayim and guard her through the night.
    There is no other victory
    Without God’s love man can’t be free,
    God Bless Yerushalayim and guard her through the night.

    God bless Yerushalayim and comfort her – her tears.
    God Bless Yerushalayim and guide her through the years.
    Five thousand years of history – a TREE OF LIFE,
    A people Free
    God Bless Yerushalayim and guide her through the years.”

    Your phrase ‘ heartbeat of stone’ resonates within. Thanks.

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