Return Each Year to Test the Ancient Waters

Music: The Lake.
By Jahzzar.
Performed by Jahzzar at the Free Music Archive
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Return each year to test the ancient waters,
Opening the unaccustomed heart.
So may you retain a Jewish soul,
Having given it its yearly outing.
Here your parents meet your sons and daughters,
A junction wrought by well-established art,
Severing the person from the role,
Having scripted thoroughly the routing.
All you're left with is what really matters,
Needing, to be whole, to be a part,
At least this once a year a Jew of old,
Holy in this place despite your doubting.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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