#Kristallnacht


Kristallnacht
night of shattered glass
night of shattered dreams
night of shattered lives

untold brutality
never to be forgotten

Shattered glass
and pillars of unholy fires rising to the sky
feel the pieces of glass cutting,
burning through your skin
as you run in panic from the smoke, fire, lights, lamps
and persecutor screaming,
arresting you for your own safety
-so they say-
Run!

Burnt books,
lives,
hopes
announcing wholescale murder
smell the stench,
see the small pieces of burnt books and ashes,
floating in the sky,
covering roofs, ground and skin
inhaled and exhaled

Never forget,
always remember,
always educate

Reach out the hands
to the victims of todays antisemitism
and discrimination
Build new circles of hope and peace
Let new generations rise

Let the people of Israel live!
Am Yisrael Chai!

And shed a tear
for those who are gone…

לכל איש יש שם


each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born there would have been a name

the six million will not be forgotten
not one of them
not the smallest child,
reaching with little hands towards imma
being lead away to death
to awaken again in the heart of G-d

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

standing next to railroad tracks
walking amidst wagon loads of cattle-like humans
humans not anymore,
degraded to numbers and reduced to silence
but even the stones would cry out

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

freezing and hungering
sweating and sick
stumbling forward, lead away to death
stumbling forward, surviving
making tefillin from scraps of paper

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God full of compassion
grant perfect rest
and thy presence

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God most merciful on high
– and below
be a shelter to the soul
of my beloved who has gone

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God full of compassion,
truest of judges,
shelter them under your wings
may their memories
inspire my living
each day.