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.