NIGGUN (A Memorial Poem for the Pittsburgh Family)

Tree Of Life                 Miriam Leah

Sometimes there are no words…

and so instead, I’d like to dedicate this poem to the newborn baby boy and his family and their loved ones

…to hold onto the Tree of Life!

There are no words, but perhaps a “Niggun”  (song without words)   


Shabbos day                                                

Baby nestling tenderly

His heartbeat I hear

Rhythm of life 

So precious and dear

Softly humming Hmmm  hmmm

He’s comforted and content

Life is glorious

Heaven sent    


Lullaby, lullaby         

Your sweet voice so soft

Rhythm of Life

Keep my heart aloft


Great joy lies ahead

Much love you’ll bring

Hope and dreams abound

Giving all cause to sing

Sing to the heavens

Sing along

Sing praises from your heart

With voices so strong


Rhythm of Life

So precious and dear

Still to my eyes

Come the tears

I know you’re listening

I know you’re near

Dear Yidden in Heaven  zk’l

I know you can hear.


Life does go on

Changed, it’s true

Sing I will though

I sing for you

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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