Auschwitz 30
Photograph of child prisoners after the liberation of Auschwitz (Belarussian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography, courtesy of USHMM.)

Yet, Until Jew Hatred Ends… Rachel Cries For Her Children! *



I went outside and I screamed.

Very loud screams

Very very loud

They were for me

No crowd


Screams of hurt

Screams of despair

Screams of helplessness

Screams to nowhere


I went inside and I sat stunned.

Pangs of anguish

Deep deep anguish

They were for my children and me

No way to distinguish


What grave sin

What turned life this way

Why do these sufferings multiply

Day after day


I turned inside, where else was there to go

Don’t You see

G-d of The Heavens

G-d In Command

These Screams are my prayers

Where art Thou, I need to know


Inside is where You are

Isn’t it


Eleh vaRechev v’Eleh vaSusim**

That is not me

I hold onto Thee surely You see



There is great doubt

So many screams to shout


I went outside and I screamed.

I went inside and I sat shunned.

Very very hurt

Tears just would not appear

For if they had they never would have ended

I fear


I yearned inside, where else should I go

I screamed and I screamed

Very loud screams

Very very loud

I know You heard

My dreams

For my children and me


So please

Tell me please

Ruler of this vast universe

When will the screams cease

When will there be peace

Will the time ever come when trust in others will be restored

When deceptions and injustices will be contemptible and deplored


 I want to go outside and sing songs.

Very special songs

Very very special

They won’t be just for me

They’ll scream

For throngs


Songs of praise

Songs of  gratitude

Songs of faith and hope

Songs of magnitude


I want to be inside and compose songs.

Themes of glory

Rapturous rapturous glory

They will be for my children and me

Telling a wondrous story

Always and forevermore

Dedicated to Thee


Please G-d only tears of joy

Keep me strong

Hopes and dreams call

Solely Prayers in Song


Once and for all

Please G-d


No   more   screams


CHAZAK!   Miriam Leah


*Kol berama-Dveykus  רָחֵ֖ל מְבַכָּ֣ה עַל־בָּנֶי֑הָ                                                                                             Yirmiyahu 31:14 in song!

**  …אֵ֣לֶּה בָ֖רֶכֶב וְאֵ֣לֶּה בַסּוּסִ֑ים  Tehillim 20:8

About the Author
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil grew up in the midwest, but her heart has always been in Israel! She began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. She and the piano are inseparable! Music fills her life and home. Miriam Leah has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, and many Niggunim. Her poetry is unique, each poem stands on its own yet becomes greater within her collection of poems. All universal. She utilizes her writing to engage people in thought, stir discussion, share insights, support causes, bring forth truths, educate, and inspire souls. She has taught Judaics and Jewish music extensively in Jewish Day schools for many years. Miriam Leah combines her love of music and creative writing with her devotion to Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, through her writing of Divrei Torah and advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
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