לכל איש יש שם


each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born there would have been a name

the six million will not be forgotten
not one of them
not the smallest child,
reaching with little hands towards imma
being lead away to death
to awaken again in the heart of G-d

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

standing next to railroad tracks
walking amidst wagon loads of cattle-like humans
humans not anymore,
degraded to numbers and reduced to silence
but even the stones would cry out

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

freezing and hungering
sweating and sick
stumbling forward, lead away to death
stumbling forward, surviving
making tefillin from scraps of paper

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God full of compassion
grant perfect rest
and thy presence

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God most merciful on high
– and below
be a shelter to the soul
of my beloved who has gone

לכל איש יש שם
each person has a name
each person had a name
each person will have a name
and for each person not born
there would have been a name

oh God full of compassion,
truest of judges,
shelter them under your wings
may their memories
inspire my living
each day.

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