The Levy family Pesach Seder in 1909.
The children’s shining faces, the father at the table head,
Saying, “listen my dear child, to the words my father said;
“We were slaves in Egypt long ago.
G-d took us out saying, ‘let my people go.’
The Torah we received, to show us the way,
Keep the Torah throughout all your days.
The son used the cup every year, just like his father had done.
It was a family tradition; father to son.
Europe was torn - they headed for the USA,
And as Passover was slowly forgotten,
The cup was tarnished in the buffet.
Jonathan Levy was raised in a suburban dream,
He never met his great great grandfather -
A seder he’d never seen.
He was going through the attic, on one of the days of rain,
When he found a dented bent old cup, that seemed to be in pain.
The cup told a story, of different times
Of silver antiquity, brimming with wine.
Of a nation’s tradition that for centuries endured,
And the words that were said, that he’d never heard.
Step on board, take your ticket, no two are the same.
You’ll soon be going for a ride,
There’s nowhere to run, no place to hide,
You’re ridin’, ridin’, ridin’, on the train.
But you try to check your ticket,
And you don’t know what it means.
Will you get to sit on velvet and dine on fine cuisine.
Or is it your place to be upon a worn out wooden seat,
With a slice of old and crusty bread,
Your only food to eat.
The doors are closed, the whistle’s blowing -
Now you must remain.
The locomotive’s on a roll,
There’s just some things you can’t control,
You’re ridin’, ridin’, ridin’ on the train.
“How long will this ride be?”
He says, “Sorry son, I can’t say. There is no guarantee.
It might be the next station, we’ll be there in no time.
Or maybe if you’re lucky,
You can stay till the end of the line.”
Each box car one by one.
Most are filled with people saying, “This ride’s just for fun.
Why think about tomorrow when you’ve got today instead.
Sit back, enjoy the view,
There’s miles and miles of rail ahead.”
Inhabited by few.
Who say there is no time to waste, we’re only passing through.
The choices that you make today, are all that’s gonna last.
This train is moving down the track,
And it’s moving awful fast.
Everything You’ve made comes together.
Opening my eyes to miracles each day,
It helps to know you’re guiding light is here to stay.
“I am not alone, You are with me.”
And one day at a time as I try to find my way,
I’ll reach for You, and feel You near me as I pray.
You give me strength to grow and see,
Who I am, who I need to be.
And with You by my side,
I have nothing to hide,
If I can come to You honestly.
I’ll hold on tight and You’ll carry me.
Just one day at a time, I’ll look at You and I’ll find
All along You believe in me.
Each and every time is a chance to grow.
But only when I search for the meaning of my day,
I feel You close, I sense You near me and I know:
A chance to seek You out, and to find You.
To try and see things clearly, to give my soul a lift -
To feel Your strength, to see Your light come shining through.
Leave your shadows far behind you and move on.
All the troubles that you’ve had, all the good times and the bad,
Every man with his secret destiny.
There is a path which only you can move along.
Sometimes it may seem clear, at times it despairs,
Gather strength and head on, to where you belong.
Destiny, striving to be all that we can be.
Destiny, ‘cause every moment is an eternal memory.
Held captive by a pursuit that gives nothing in return,
But a moment of pleasure, an empty void.
The chains of body, hold onto the heartbeat of your soul,
Break away, fulfil what you were destined to be.
Can you feel it in your soul?
Can you feel the tug of heaven in the night?
There’s a mission just for you, that no one else can do.
Climb the mountain, swim the ocean, race the light.
“Come with me, little Neshomo’le, let me hold you in my hand -
And we’ll fly away, you and I together, to a place down on the land.
There’s a little child waiting to be born today, you’re to be his spark, his soul.”
There is so much pain and eviln on the earth below.
Let me stay here up in heaven where it’s safe and I’ll be pure,
Please don’t make me go away, can’t you see I’m so afraid.”
And as we fly beneath the clouds now, I will show you, there is so much you can be.”
Look, someone’s learning Torah, and there’s another deep in prayer -
I will stay here if you answer me, it’s all I need to know.
You must promise me dear friend, that I too will be like them.”
As I tap you on the lip you will forget me, you’re on your own, it’s up to you.
And we’ll fly away, you and I together, to a place above the land.”
I’m not ready to go with you, where you take me I don’t know.
Let me stay right where I am there’s so much more I need to do,
Please don’t make me go away can’t you see I’m so afraid.”
There’s no need to fear your destination, you’ve earned a place right by the throne…