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If I do not hail
From the lands of the living
Why eternal life
Craves my soul?

Had I not been extracted
From the hills of undeath
Why in the valley of the ephemeral
Do I as a stranger traverse?

Had I not been quarried
From eternity's rock
Why against my mortality
Does my spirit rebel
The decree of my end
Do I daily defy?

Why not
As a withered bloom
As a beast of field
Whose time has come
Meek and tranquil
Do I bow my head
And cease?

From the Hebrew by Yanki Tauber, originally published by www.chabad.org.

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Miknaf Ha'aretz

• The All-Inclusive (p. 8)

• Through Tranquility and Turmoil (p. 10)

• The Authors of the Tosfos (p. 12)

• A Prayer in the wee Hours (p. 13)

• Freedom of Choice (p. 16)

• The One (p. 17)

• The Spark That Shall Never Die (p. 20)

• The Luminaries of the Generation (p. 25)

• The Memory of the Souls (p. 38)

• The Cry of the Holy Sparks (p. 46)

• Is This Man? (p. 52)

• Tear (p. 77)

• The Ascent of the Tzaddik (p. 89)

• The Dejected's Prayer (p. 96)

• Night (p. 120)

• The Heights of the Holy (p. 144)

• A Story About a Prince (p. 152)