Once I thought to end my life

I could not live without my wife

There is a knife within my heart

My pain is great when we’re apart

She was forever my joy and pride

And always  faithful at my side

I ask my God why did she die

He does not answer, so I cry

“Why did You take her away from me?

My heart is broken, don’t You see?”

And now I have only but one goal

To keep alive her beautiful soul.

Shabbat candles, wine and bread

It falls on me since she is dead

My life is empty, she’s out of sight

I walk in darkness. She was my light

I talk to God, what can I say?

“Heal me,  help me”,  thus I pray

My tears run swiftly down my cheek

I have no strength, I’m very weak

She was born in Israel

And we were married there as well

Not a single day goes by

That I rarely smile but only cry

She left me now, it is three years

And still I see her through my tears

How do I live without my bride

Always standing by my side?

I see her daily as I pray

And beg my pain to go away

To stop my tears, to stop my cry

For Rahel rests with El Shaddai.

This elegy I write and send

Who knows when my life will end?

But when God calls, I’ll go with pride

To lie near Rahel at my side.


About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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