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"I Am Planting" Text Study

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  • 1. Noah’s Ark: Dove with Olive I am Planting Garden of Eden: Eve and the Branch and Rainbow Tree of Knowledge Music and Lyrics by 3 1 Miriam Brosseau & Alan Jay Sufrin ‫וַתָבֹא אֵלָיו הַיונָה לְעֵת‬ ‫וַיִבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאדָם‬ ‫עֶרֶב, וְהִנֵה עֲלֵה-זַיִת טָרָף‬ ‫בְצַלְמו, בְצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָרָא‬ ‫בְפִיהָ; וַיֵדַע נֹחַ, כִי-קַלו‬ ‫.אֹתו: זָכָר ונְקֵבָה, בָרָא אֹתָם‬ 1 .‫הַמַיִם מֵעַל הָארֶץ‬ Here, in the earth that fashioned Eve And God created man in His ownAnd the dove came in to him at Here they planted for me image, in the image of God created He 2 him; male and female created He them.eventide; and lo in her mouth an Here, where understanding grewolive-leaf freshly plucked; so 2 I’m planting for youNoah knew that the waters were 3 ‫וַתֵרֶא הָאִשָה כִי טוב הָעֵץ‬ Up here an olive branch was seenabated from off the earth. ‫לְמַאֲכָל וְכִי תַאֲוָה-הוא‬ Here they planted for me ‫לָעֵינַיִם, וְנֶחְמָד הָעֵץ‬ 4 4 Under skies where colors flew ,‫לְהַשְכִיל, וַתִקַח מִפִרְיו‬ ;‫וְהָיְתָה הַקֶשֶת, בֶעָנָן‬ I’m planting for you ‫וַתֹאכַל; וַתִתֵן גַם-לְאִישָה‬ ‫ורְאִיתִיהָ, לִזְכֹר בְרִית‬ Ki heichi d’shatlei li avahatai (as my ,‫עִמָה, וַיֹאכַל. וַתִפָקַחְנָה‬ -‫עולָם, בֵין אֱלֹהִים, ובֵין כָל‬ ancestors planted for me) ‫עֵינֵי שְנֵיהֶם, וַיֵדְעו, כִי‬ ‫נֶפֶש חַיָה בְכָל-בָשָר אֲשֶר‬ Shatlei nami livra’i (so now I plant for ‫עֵירֻמִם הֵם‬ .‫עַל-הָארֶץ‬ 5 And when the woman saw that the treeAnd the bow shall be in the my children) was good for food, and that it was acloud; and I will look upon it, that 6 delight to the eyes, and that the treeI may remember the everlasting From here, a voice burned in the leaves was to be desired to make one wise,covenant between God and every Here they planted for me 7 she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat;living creature of all flesh that is A call to lead our people through and she gave also unto her husband I’m planting for you with her, and he did eat. 7 And the eyesJudge Deborah and Palm Tree 8 Right here, Deborah came to teach 8 Here they planted for me Moses at the Burning Bush ‫ודְבורָה אִשָה נְבִיאה, אֵשֶת‬ Beneath her tree they sought the truth 6 -‫לַפִידות--הִיא שֹפְטָה אֶת‬ I’m planting for you ‫ומֹשֶה, הָיָה רֹעֶה אֶת-צֹאן‬ ‫יִשְרָאֵל, בָעֵת הַהִיא. וְהִיא‬ Ki heichi... ;‫יִתְרו חֹתְנו--כֹהֵן מִדְיָן‬ ,‫יושֶבֶת תַחַת-תֹמֶר דְבורָה‬ --‫בֵין הָרָמָה ובֵין בֵית-אֵל‬ ‫וַיִנְהַג אֶת-הַצֹאן אחַר‬ 9 ָ‫בְהַר אֶפְרָיִם; וַיַעֲלו אֵלֶיה‬ Shir hama’a lot (a song of ascents) ‫הַמִדְבָר, וַיָבֹא אֶל-הַר‬ .‫בְנֵי יִשְרָאֵל, לַמִשְפָט‬ Someone dreamed the world for me ‫הָאֱלֹהִים חֹרֵבָה. וַיֵרָא‬ B’shuv adoshem (when the Lord -‫מַלְאךְ יְהוָה אֵלָיו, בְלַבַת‬Now Deborah, a prophetess, the brought back) ,‫אֵש--מִתוךְ הַסְנֶה; וַיַרְא‬wife of Lappidoth, she judged Now I am dreaming it for you ,‫וְהִנֵה הַסְנֶה בֹעֵר בָאֵש‬Israel at that time. And she sat Et shivat tzion (those that returned to .‫וְהַסְנֶה, אֵינֶנו אֻכָל‬under the palm-tree of Deborahbetween Ramah and Beth-el in Zion) Now Moses was keeping the flockthe hill-country of Ephraim; and Take the world, and dream anew of Jethro his father-in-law, thethe children of Israel came up to Hayinu k’cholmim, k’cholmim priest of Midian; and he led theher for judgment. (we were as dreamers, as dreamers) flock to the farthest end of the Ki heichi... (x2) wilderness, and came to the Judges 4: 4-5 mountain of God, unto Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of Choni and the Carob Tree the midst of a bush; and he looked, 5 and, behold, the bush burned with ‫אמר: מי איכא דניים שבעין שנין בחלמא? יומא חד הוה אזל באורחא, חזייה לההוא גברא‬ fire, and the bush was not ‫דהוה נטע חרובא, אמר ליה: האי, עד כמה שנין טעין? - אמר ליה: עד שבעין שנין. - אמר‬ consumed…‫ליה: פשיטא לך דחיית שבעין שנין? - אמר ליה: האי ]גברא[ עלמא בחרובא אשכחתיה, כי‬ 7 .‫היכי דשתלי לי אבהתי - שתלי נמי לבראי. יתיב, קא כריך ריפתא, אתא ליה שינתא, נים‬ -‫וְעַתָה לְכָה, וְאֶשְלָחֲךָ אֶל‬ ‫אהדרא ליה משוניתא, איכסי מעינא, ונים שבעין שנין. כי קם חזייה לההוא גברא דהוא‬ -‫פַרְעֹה; וְהוצֵא אֶת-עַמִי בְנֵי‬ :‫קא מלקט מינייהו. אמר ליה: את הוא דשתלתיה? - אמר ליה: בר בריה אנא. אמר ליה‬ .‫יִשְרָאֵל, מִמִצְרָיִם‬ .‫שמע מינה דניימי שבעין שנין‬ Come now therefore, and I willR Yochanan said: This righteous man (Choni) was throughout his whole life troubled send you unto Pharaoh, that youabout the meaning of the verse (Psalms 126), “A Song of Ascents, When Hashemwill return the captivity of Zion, we will be like dreamers.” Is it possible for a man to 9dream continuously for seventy years? One day he (Choni) was journeying on the Return from Babylonian Exileroad and he saw a man planting a carob tree. He asked him, “How long does it takefor this tree to bear fruit?” “In about 70 years,” answered the man. “But you are so ,‫שִיר, הַמַעֲלות .בְשוב יְהוָה‬old, you will never taste its fruit.” “You are right, but I have eaten the fruit of trees that ,‫אֶת-שִיבַת צִיון-- הָיִינו‬have been planted before I was born. I plant for my daughters and sons, .‫כְחֹלְמִים‬granddaughters and grandsons.” Choni sat down to have a meal and sleep A Song of Ascents. When Adonaiovercame him. As he slept a rocky formation enclosed upon him which hid him from brings Zion out of captivity (fromsight and he continued to sleep for seventy years. When he awoke he saw a man Babylonian exile in the 6thgathering the fruit of the carob tree and he asked him, Are you the man who planted century B.C.E.) – we will be likethe tree? The man replied: I am his grandson. Thereupon he exclaimed: It is clear dreamers.that I slept for seventy years." Bavli Ta’anit 23a-b Psalms 126:1 Also in Grace after Meals Copyright 2011 Stereo Sinai. All rights reserved. The Jewish Education Project

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