Friday, September 21, 2007

Connected

I want to be connected
To be connected to you
I want to be connected to you HaShem
I want to be connected to you HaShem

As long as I'm alive and breathing.

Want to be connected to my home and my children
Want to be connected to the sound of my footsteps
Want to be connected to my prayers and tears and words
Want to be connected to my land

Connected to my soul that is part of you
Connected to my body that will yet return to the earth
Want to be connected to my heart that pumps joy inside of me
Endlessly beat after beat

I want to be connected
To be connected to you
I want to be connected to you HaShem
I want to be connected to you HaShem

As long as I'm alive and breathing.

Want to be connected to the piercing thorns
Just like I'm connected to the blossoming flowers
Want to be connected to the voices of my children that mix with
The flow of the chilly spring waters

Connected to every bite I take from the fruit that You give me
Want to be connected to every drop of water that I drink
Want to be connected to the man that's never heard of You
And to the man that prays to You and weeps and prays and weeps

Want to be connected when my little son calls me "father"
And when my mother asks me "where were you my son?"
Want to be connected to the moment that they destroyed Your house
And to the moment that you asked me "where are you?*1"
Where are you? Where are you?

Here I am*2, here I am, here I am Father, Here I am.


Want to be connected to you when I'm surrounded by a noisy crowd
When I'm standing and don't know why and where and when
Want to be connected to the man in the street who's asking
For a penny or two
But really what he's asking for is closeness
And you wanted him to specifically stop me here in this alley

Want to be connected to the window that was left open
To the brave man that was carried off by the wind
Connected to the tears that flowed from the eyes of my forefathers
And to the joy of the one who will follow after me

So don't cut me off*3
I want to be connected to You HaShem

And if You hug me
I want to stay connected to You

Want to be connected to You.


Translation notes:

*1 = he uses the word "ayeka" which is how G-d asked a hiding Adam where he is, in order to engage him in discussion about the fruit. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi also says that one must ask himself this question always. It is not a geographical question but a spiritual one. "Where are you at? On which rung on the ladder of spiritual growth?" Aaron is certainly using this context for the word.

*2 = he uses the word "Hineni" – the answer the Bible puts in the mouths of all of its heroes (Abraham, Isaac etc etc) when they accept the challenge before them.

*3 = he uses the word "tenatek" which means to cut off or if we put it differently - to disengage. This is a reference (response?) to the Hitnatkut/Disengagement of 2005.

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