Hitoreri, Hitoreri

(Torah and the People)

Wake, my beloved,
Awake and arise.
 
You cause me to breathe deeply,
My pulse quickens when you are near.
You are a bridge across the ages,
Extending beyond all time.
 
A stirring of emotion overwhelms.
From the secrets of your soul,
To the scars your heart hides,
You are a part of me which cannot be disguised.
 
In the land of our forebears,
You arrived as a beacon.
Without you, I am lost,
Without me, your purpose fades.
 
You are love,
As I am love,
We are two of a kind.
 
You are loved,
As I am loved,
Each a gift, the other will find.
 
As one, we endure, 
   And as one we survive.
As one, we awaken, 
   And as one we arise.
As one, we are Israel
   And as one we are alive.
 
(From Lekha Dodi, verse 5)

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