These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

The Veil

Posted on October 21, 2012 by Adam L Masser

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I wrote this song last spring during my first semester at Pardes. For me, it is really tied to feelings of peace, joy and confidence that I experienced after going backpacking with fellow Pardesniks Joseph, Andrew, Adrienne and Joseph’s roommate Jonathan. We hiked a few days through the Negev and them tremped to a music festival at Ashram Bamidbar over Pesach break. I had been going through many difficult moments but had a breakthrough during one of the workshops and walked away from it feeling light, serene and clear. Was still feeling amazing several days later when my friend Eric passed me in the Hadar Ohel and suggested I draw something or find a way to capture this sense. The result was this song:

Lean back and open your heart to the sky
Your fears will disappear and your spirit will fly . . .
everything above is made of Love
everything is possible through Love

and it feels so real sometimes
you start to believe it is
and the pain’s so real sometimes you forget to live in bliss
then you peer behind the veil
and discern the mystery
the world we live in
is the world you choose to see