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A New Sh'ma

A New Sh'ma

In this recently posted video from Temple Israel of West Bloomfield, MI, teenager Anna Brooks performs a breathtaking new Sh'ma she wrote herself (with a little help from Deuteronomy, of course). The video was created by members of the Reform congregation's filmmaking class; some of Anna's classmates appear in the video along with her. The lyrics go:

I won't tell you that He loves me,
I won't tell you that He saved my life
But I can say as loud and clear,
as I can sing from my lips to your ears,
that there's One of our God, in every one of our lives (and that's why we sing)
Shema, Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai, Echad
(oh, and that's why we sing)
Shema, Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai, Echad
I won't tell you that He controls my life,
I won't tell you that to have His love would be my everlasting plight.
But I can say as loud and clear,
as I can sing from my lips to your ears,
That there's One of our God,
our ner tamid, our everlasting light

Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine, HeyAlma.com, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

Kate Bigam Kaput

Published: 10/19/2012

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