Blessing Our Fallen Soldiers

(While I don’t like to re-blog, the great response I got to my Mother’s Day re-blog taught me that it is not a bad things! So, here is another re-blog from 2010, modified slightly and so appropriate for this weekend.)

On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember our soldiers who lost their lives while serving our country, I share with you the lyrics of the famous Israeli song, “How Can I Bless?” by Rachel Shapira.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

And he gave him a smile that was radiant as light.
 And he gave him two eyes that were open and clear 
to seek out each flower and each creature and bird.
 And a heart to rejoice in each day of the year.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give 
to this child” said the angel of love.

And he gave him two feet that were light in the dance, a soul to rejoice in each tune and each song,
 a hand that collected the shells on the shore,
 an ear to respond to the old and the young.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

But those hands that were able to make flowers grow,
 were blessed with the skill to drive engines of might. And the feet that could dance also knew how to march. And the lips that could sing, also summoned to fight.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give 
to this child” said the angel of love.

“I have given him all that an angel can give,
 two light dancing feet, and a song and a smile,
 a delicate hand and a sensitive heart.
 What else can I give him? I’ve given him all.”

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

 He has joined the angels, that wonderful boy, 
he has no more blessings, no longer is blessed.
 Oh, Lord above, did your angel forget
 to bless him with life along with the rest?

May we all remember and honor the sacrifices made by our soldiers. May the families of fallen soldiers feel the love and support of our nation. May the memory of those who have lost their lives while serving our country forever serve as a blessing.  They gave their lives while protecting us, insuring that we have tremendous blessings.  For this, we must insure that they are forever blessed.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach (Shavuot begins Saturday night – join us at Ramat Shalom!),

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