Monday, October 29, 2018

Finding hope on Monday

"Joy doesn't betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine act of insurrection."
--Rebecca Solnit

Maurice Stallard
Vicki Lee Jones

Joyce Fienberg
Richard Gottfried
Rose Mallinger
Jerry Rabinowitz
Cecil Rosenthal
David Rosenthal
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger

This weekend, I learned about the Tree of Life Massacre while at the Bat Mitzvah of a close family friend. Toward the end of the ceremony the cantor sang L'Dor Vador, which means generation to generation, and it carried the meaning of the day and its context for me.

Here are the lyrics:

We are gifts and we are blessings
We are history in song
We are hope and we are healing
We are learning to be strong
We are words and we are stories
We are pictures of the past
We are carriers of wisdom, not the first and not the last

L'dor vador nagid godlecha
L'dor vador we protect this chain
From generation to generation
L'dor vador, these lips will praise Your name

Looking back on the journey
that we carry in our heart
From the shadow of the mountain 
to the waters that would part
We are blessed and we are holy
We are children of your Way
And the words that bring us meaning
We will have the strength to say

L'dor Vador...

The video below is a recording of the Rutgers University Singers performing a version of the song. 

In the evening, we danced. We held hands, we jumped, we shuffled, we twisted, we twirled, we clapped, we raised our hands. 

Because bodies
who had birthed bodies
were alive.