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The leader

He strides ahead.
In his wake
They all tread.
At the lead
He alone
Reaches the crossroads.
He stands
At the summit’s peak.
He sees the Abyss,
He sees
The Promised Land.

Vision and doubt
Grapple in his soul,
Hope and despair
Upon his countenance flicker,
The Heavens and the depths
Merge in his eyes.

Yet to his flock
Who follow
In simple trust
Only his back is seen --
His towering shoulders
From their eyes coceal
The Chasm.

From the Hebrew by Yanki Tauber

Click here for the Hebrew Original - המקור בעברית

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Merosh Zurim

• The present (p. 17)

• The voice of the soil (p. 30)

• 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)

• The Foundation (p. 98)

• In Hiding (p. 113)

• Ratzo V'Shov (p. 125)

• Eating (p. 163)