Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden
Richard Kaplan composed this kinah (lament) for Tisha B'Av about the destruction of the earth. Gan Eden of course is the Garden of Eden, the imagined birthplace of all life and species, and the earth untrammeled. Khurban (or churban) usually refers to the destruction of the First and Second Temples, but here to the Temple of the Earth, which the Jewish Temple was meant to represent according to midrash.
The song comes from the CD Life of the Worlds: Journeys in Jewish Sacred Music, which can be purchased through CD Baby; individual songs on the CD can be purchased through iTunes. This is the one of the few contemporary songs on Neohasid. We offer it in the hope that it will inspire others to compose more kinot appropriate to this age when we so urgently need to recover responsibility for the earth. You can also download prayers for the Earth composed by Rabbi David Seidenberg here.
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Alas, my forests are dying,
My precious threads of life, that are no more,
Bakho tivkeh balailah,
In the night, she weeps and weeps,
Hashivenu, Nishmat HaNeshamot,
Bring us back to You, oh Soul of Souls,
Posted by: Gan Eden at December 9, 2008 2:03 PM
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