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The Foundation

...and the Tzaddik is the foundation of the world
-- Proverbs 10:25

He uprooted his feet
From the base of earth;
Steadfast his foundation
Never wavers

The voids are before him
The terrors of the world
Do not faze him

All rivers of sorrow flow
Along the channels of his heart
On to the valley of understanding;
His fountain of joy
Does not falter

In the fleeting shadows
He sets his table
Dissolution is his daily bread;
He knows
Eternal life

Solitary and without friend
Is he;
Every man
Is his brother

Guilt knows not
His soul;
Upon the sinner
His compassion is aroused

His seeds he scattered to the winds
All day he tilled
Stranger’s fields;
His own orchard
Yielded hundredfold

Empty are his garners
Of cunning's harvest
Of guile's rewards;
A flow of Heavenly blessing
Fills his larder

He cleaves to the One
The root, the all-inclusive;
He holds, he bears,
Its countless branches of particulars

As a stranger
He treads upon the earth
Along the waysides winds his path;
He sets
The pillars of creation.

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

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Merosh Zurim

• The present (p. 17)

• The voice of the soil (p. 30)

• The leader (p. 34)

• The Trap of Time (p. 35)

• The Mission (p. 38)

• The Decree (p. 41)

• On the Doorways (p. 57)

• Freedom of Choice (p. 78)

• Mealtime Guests (p. 79)

• The Windmill of the Poet (p. 94)

• A Strange Sight (p. 96)

• In Hiding (p. 113)

• Ratzo V'Shov (p. 125)

• Eating (p. 163)