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Dovid’l


Let me tell you a story
Of honor and glory
In Russia many years ago
How through hardships and tears
A young boy adheres
To the Torah which we love so

Av harachaman


One so close to us
Resting in the heaven above
Life’s not worth living
Without your giving
Giving us the Torah which we love

Thunder and rattle


Swept through the Shtetle
The soldiers came to take Dovid’l away
Hob nisht kein morah

Just keep to the Torah


Was Dovid’l’s dear mother’s last say

Months have subsided


The soldiers decided
The faith of Dovid’l the boy
He’d forget all his teachings
And set up new preaching
Their faith will be lehamir dato

On that faithful morning


It came without a warning
A sharp knife Dovid’l did take
My memory still lingers
Of those missing three fingers
Torah and Mitzvos he will not forsake

Standing In an Empty Field


Standing in an empty field

Gathering plants for the ink that they’d yield

So Seforim her husband could continue to write

Bringing hope to the darkest of night


With devotion to her husband in the darkest of night

Through arrest and his exile she stood by his side

From the reward of her efforts it’s clear for us to see

That sheli v’shelachem she’la hi


The hardships of Russia were passed

She could reap from her toils at last

Enjoying those last years so filled with pride

As the Nissius of the Rebbe spread wide


Rebbitzen Channah was the model of the role she portrayed

Mesiras Nefesh was her guidance and the theme she displayed

With support for her husband or pride in her son

She was doing what had to be done

The L-rd of Hosts


Hashem once made an angel, and gave him quite a chore,

"Go and search the whole wide world, and bring back to my door

The thing that is most valuable, the thing I cherish most,

Yes, I’ll let you back in heaven then,” said the L-rd of hosts.


The angel flew the whole wide world, ‘till a twinkle caught his eye,

It came from a golden box, with diamonds piled high,

He flew that box to Heaven, and the gate man said to him:

“Yes, it certainly is a treasure, but Hashem won’t let you in.”


The angel flew the world again, and this time to a war,

He saw an act of bravery, like none he’d seen before

A soldier jumped upon a bomb, to save the lives of friends

And with the first drop of the soldier’s blood, the angel flew again.


The keeper of the gate told him: “Were it up to me,

I’d let you in right now, with that drop of blood I see,

But the L-rd of hosts has told me, that I cannot let you in

Until the utmost cherished precious thing, is brought back here to Him.”


The angel flew the world again, till he saw a sinner’s face

It was covered by a Tallis, which was hiding his disgrace,

And from a deep-felt sense of shame, something started to appear

And the angel flew with all his might, and he grabbed that precious tear.


The gates of heaven opened up, and light filled up the sky,

The Holy One Himself took the teardrop, and He cried:

"My gates are always open, says the L-rd of hosts,

And a tear drop of repentance, is the thing I cherish most.”


Hashem once made an angel, and gave him quite a chore:

“Go and search the whole wide world, and bring back to my door,

The thing that is most valuable, the thing I cherish most,

Yes I’ll let you back in heaven then, I’ll let you back in heaven then,

Yes, I’ll let you back in heaven then,” Said the L-rd of hosts.

Through a Vale of Tears I Peek


Through a vale of tears I peek

Forgotten memories I seek

Searching for a world destroyed in vain

Looking for those who died in blood and pain

Why am I alive

Why did I survive all alone


Keili - Keili lama

In that cursed place of tears

In what wretched world of fears

I never saw another butterfly

It was so beautiful it made me cry

A ray of light in that darkest night

It helps me live

Keili - Keili lama

Sometimes at night I lie awake

Remembering all whom death did take

Please help now Hakadosh Bochuch Hu

I am so grateful still to be a Jew

It is my light in the darkest night

Now I must live

Keili - Keili lama


The Day Will Come


Each day he puts on his Tefillin in the cellar

And there in silence he Davens to Hashem

For even though they all know he is Jewish

He cannot be a Jew in front of them

And so he studies the Torah there in secret

And makes a Brocho that no one else can hear

But he’ll continue to do these precious Mitzvos

Until the day he can do them without fear


Chorus:

The day will come

The day will come

When the tiny spark he kept alive

Will burst into flames
The day will come

The day will come

He’ll no longer be in Russia

He will hear his Jewish name


The day will come,

The day will come

He will feel that he’s a living link

Within the Jewish chain


The day will come

The day will come

He will make a Brocho loud and clear

And hear Amen


Each day she takes her tattered Tehillim to the cellar

And there in silence she Davens to Hashem

For even though they all know that she is Jewish

She cannot be a Jew in front of them


And so she lights the Shabbos candles in a closet

And makes a Brocho that no one else can hear

But she’ll continue to do these precious Mitzvos

Until the day she can do them without fear



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