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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 Kaput is the assistant director, messaging and branding, on the Union for Reform Judaism's marketing and communications team. In this role, she serves as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. A native of Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and an alumna of the Religious Action Center's Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship, Kate holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

Kate Kaput

Published: 10/19/2012

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