Do You Live the Holy Tongue?

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

vrijdag 2 juni 2023

Nathan Lopes Cardozo liet zich inspireren door het lied ‘Hallelujah’ van Leonard Cohen.

Now I have heard of a Secret Chord
That Moshe learned and it pleased the Lord
And he brought it down in human words
But its essence stayed up in the Heavenly Courts
Above it is fire
Below it are letters
The seventh, the tenth
And six hundred thirteenth matters
All holy ways and means
That baffled Moshe,
That brought him to great deeds
Composing a song.
While walking along
When they crossed the sea
Which should have transformed all of me
But lo, I did not see.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

His faith was strong and did not need proof
But his people stayed aloof
He kicked the stone
And the Lord said: You will be alone
He broke his throne
But the Law was to stay
While Moshe was send to Heavenly lay
But lo, I stayed uninspired
And un-fired.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there’s a God above.
As for Me I do not need proof
The constant mystery of all of life
Baffles my mind
There is no difference between a flower
And Sinai, at the holy hour
They are all made of the same sound
And Thine

A way to live I want
In the desert of this land
A life of mitzvot and spirit
Music and lyric
It was this what my ancestors experienced on the mound
That they heard
And learned to count
The Fire and saw the Voice
But oh, I continue to be without choice

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

And I understood
That it determines my foot
Wherever I go
When I am high or low
The ups and the downs
The inner struggle will stay
There is no escape from Thee
So, I need the Law and the spirit
To keep me my merit
But I ask my friend
Have you heard the divine Song?
And if not, where are you going and live the Holy Tongue?

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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