Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Man From Vilna - The Powerful Song that Allowed the connection to happen (see story below)

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  1. Here are the lyrics to the song:
    I met a man last sunday, who was on his way back home
    From a wedding in Chicago, and was traveling alone
    He said he came from Vilna, a survivor I could tell
    And I helped him with his suitcase, he could not walk very well

    A steward gave us coffee as we settled on the plane
    And I asked him why he bothers, at his age there'd be no blame
    He said "no simcha is a burden, though I miss my dear late wife"
    And then he shared with me a story that has changed my view of life:

    "We danced round and round in circles as if the world had done no wrong
    From evening until morning, filling up the shul with song
    Though we had no sifrei Torah to clutch close to our hearts
    In their place we held the future of a past so torn apart

    I remember liberation, joy and fear both intertwined
    Where to go and what to do, and how to leave the pain behind?
    My heart said 'go to vilna', dare I pray yet once again
    For the chance to find a loved one, or perhaps a childhood friend?

    It took many months to get there, from the late spring to the fall
    And as I, many others, close to four hundred in all
    And slowly there was healing, darkened souls now mixed with light
    When someone proudly cried out, 'simchas Torah is tonight!'

    We danced round and round in circles as if the world had done no wrong
    From evening until morning, filling up the shul with song
    Though we had no sifrei Torah to clutch close to our hearts
    In their place we held the future of a past so torn apart


    We ran as one towards the shul, our spirits in a trance
    And we tore apart the barricade, in defiance we would dance
    But the scene before our eyes shook us to the core
    Scraps of siddur, bullet holes, bloodstains on the floor

    Turning to the eastern wall, we looked on in despair
    There'd be no scrolls to dance with, the holy ark was bare
    Then we heard two children crying, a boy and girl whom no one knew
    And we realized that no children were among us but those two

    We danced round and round in circles as if the world had done no wrong
    From evening until morning, filling up the shul with song
    Though we had no sifrei Torah to gather in our arms
    In their place we held those children, the Jewish people would live on

    We danced round and round in circles as if the world had done no wrong
    From evening until morning, filling up the shul with song
    Though we had no sifrei Torah to clutch an hold up high
    In their place we held those children, am yisrael chai"

    We danced round and round in circles as if the world had done no wrong
    From evening until morning, filling up the shul with song
    Though we had no sifrei Torah to gather in our arms
    In their place we held those children, the Jewish people would live on
    Am yisrael chai
    The Jewish people would live on

    The Jewish people WILL live on.
    (http://jewishmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Journeys/Journeys_4/The_Man_From_Vilna)

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