Questions and Demands

 
 

These Things Will Happen

These things will happen
It's the illusion of control
These things will happen
And it's a struggle for my soul

Everybody loves and dies and tries
And questions and demands
We all nurture and we doubt
And we struggle to let love win out

Lakol z'man v'eit l'chol cheifetz tachat hashamayim

["To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" -- Ecclesiastes 3:1]

These things will happen
It's the illusion of control
These things will happen
And it's a struggle for my soul

It's easy to believe that time
Will pass us by and never leave a mark
We fool ourselves that God won't play
With loaded dice

Lakol z'man v'eit l'chol cheifetz tachat hashamayim

These things will happen
It's the illusion of control
These things will happen
And it's a struggle for my soul

V'laasot tov b'chayav
V'laasot tov b'chayav

["Therefore do good with your life" -- Ecclisiastes 3:12]

These things will happen
It's the illusion of control
These things will happen
And it's a struggle for my soul

These things will happen
It's the illusion of control
These things will happen
And it's a struggle for my soul

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R'tzei

I wanna scream at the top of my lungs
I wanna burn till the ashes are all that's left

I wanna know why you've always been holdin' out
I wanna know if the wind's been calling my name

No more waiting
No more running away
'Cause I've got something to say

R'tzei, r'tzei

Do you hear me screaming?
Tell me that I'm dreaming
Tell me that I'm dying
Tell me that I'm doin' okay
What do you say?

I'm getting tired of always lookin' out
I'm getting tired of always standin' alone

What can I do to get you to look this way?
What can I do to get you to read my mind?

No more waiting
No more running away
'Cause I've got something to say

R'tzei, r'tzei

Do you hear me screaming?
Tell me that I'm dreaming
Tell me that I'm dying
Tell me that I'm doin' okay
What do you say?

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story of your dreams

Everyone begins with blessings
And everyone starts from the very first square
And the destination lies off in the distance
And the only way to get there is to get there

You are the book
This is the day
You start another chapter
You are the book
And what you write is up to you
So write the story of your dreams

Imagine the world ahead
It's worse and better than you know
There's a story to be told about your journey
And a page is turned no matter where you go

You are the book
This is the day
You start another chapter
You are the book
And what you write is up to you
So write the story of your dreams

It's not about which choice you make
If you make it to the heights or if you fall
You won't regret the things you tried to do in life
Just the things you never tried to do at all

You are the book
This is the day
You start another chapter
You are the book
And what you write is up to you
So write the story of your dreams

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super
natural super
serious

Everybody here
Comes from somewhere
That they would just soon forget
And disguise
At the summer camp where you volunteered
No one saw your face
No one saw your fear
If that apparition had just appeared
Took you up and away
From this base and sheer
Humiliation
Of your teenage station
Nobody cares
No one remembers
And nobody cares

How you cried and you cried
He's alive he's alive
How you cried and cried and you
Cried and you cried

If you call out "safe"
Then I'll stop right away
If the premise buckles
And the ropes start to chafe
The details smart
But the story's the same
You don't have to explain
You don't have to explain
Humiliation
Of your teenage station

Yeah you cried and you cried
He's alive he's alive
How you cried and you cried and you
Cried and you
Realized your fantasies
Are dressed up in travesties
Enjoy yourself with no regrets

Everybody here
Comes from somewhere
That they would just as soon forget
And disguise

Yeah you cried and you cried
He's alive he's alive
Yeah you cried and you cried and you
Cried and you cried

Now there's nothing
Dark and there's nothing weird
Don't be afraid I will hold you near
From the seance where you first betrayed
An open heart on a darkened stage
A celebration
Of your teenage station

It's an experience sweet, delirious
Supernatural, super serious
An experience sweet, delirious
Supernatural, super serious
Wow

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I got a restless heart
I got an achin' soul
I'm high on protests
And losin' all self control

I got a restless heart
An overactive mind
I'm holdin' on for dear life
And runnin' out of time

(Restless heart) 
Always time to go but never wanna leave
(Restless heart) 
Always wantin' more but never what you need
(Restless heart) 
Like a cynic always searchin' for something to believe
Gimme somethin' to believe

I tried to pull you in
Instead I pushed 'em all away
I tried to say what's on my mind
But there wasn't very much to say
'Cause you know I got a

(Restless heart) 
Always time to go but never wanna leave
(Restless heart) 
Always wantin' more but never what you need
(Restless heart) 
Like a cynic always searchin' for something to believe
Nothin's ever what it seems

(Restless heart) 
Always time to go but never wanna leave
(Restless heart) 
Always wantin' more but never what you need
(Restless heart) 
Like a cynic always searchin' for something to believe
Gimme somethin' to believe

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restless heart


Hinei eil y'shuati
Evtach v'lo efchad, v'lo efchad
Ki ozi v'zimrat Yah
Adonai vay'hi li lishu-ah, lishuah

Ushavtem mayim b'sasson
Ushavtem mayim mimay'nei hay'shuah

The world is full of second chances
Open doors and hidden rooms around you
When life comes 'round to knock you down
And hopelessness surrounds you
I'll be there, I'll be there

Ushavtem mayim b'sasson
Ushavtem mayim mimay'nei hay'shuah

And I know that when it's dark
I'll be the light that shines for you
And I know that when I'm blind
You'll be the one that guides me through
And I'll be there, and you'll be there

Ushavtem mayim b'sasson
Ushavtem mayim mimay'nei hay'shuah

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hinei eil y'shuati


Kaddish Shaleim

Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba
B'alma div'ra chirutei
V'yamlich malchutei b'chayeichon uv'yomeichon
Uv'chayei d'chol beit yisrael baagala uvizman kariv, v'imru amein.

Y'hei shmei raba m'varach l'alam ulalmei almaya
Y'hei shmei raba m'varach l'alam ulalmei almaya

Yitbarach v'yishtabach v'yitpaar v'yitromam v'yitnasei
V'yit-hadar v'yit-aleh v'yit-halal
Sh'mei d'kud'sha b'rich hu.

L'eila min kol birchata v'shirata
Tushb'chata v'nechemata daamiran b'alma v'imru amein. 

Titkabeil tz'lot'hon
Uva-ut'hon d'chol beit Yisrael
V'imru, v'imru amein.

Y'hei shlama raba min sh'maya
V'chayim aleinu v'al kol Yisrael
V'imru, v'imru amein.

Oseh shalom bimromav hu yaaseh shalom
Aleinu v'al kol Yisrael v'imru amein.

[Exalted and hallowed be God's great name in the world which God created, according to plan. May God's majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of all Israel -- speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.

Blessed be God's great name to all eternity.

Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.

May the prayers and supplications of all Israel be accepted by the Holy One who is in heaven. To which we say Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us, and for all Israel. To which we say Amen.

May the one who makes peace in the high heavens, bring peace to us and to all Israel. To which we say Amen.

-- From the daily service.]

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Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam
Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam

Ki atah hu melech adon l'chol hashalom
Ki atah hu melech adon l'chol hashalom

Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam
Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam

V'tov b'einecha l'vareich et amcha
V'tov b'einecha l'vareich et amcha Yisraeil

Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam
Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam

B'chol eit uv'chol sha-ah bishlomecha. (x4)

Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam
Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha tasim l'olam

[Grant abundant peace to Your people Israel forever, for You are the Sovereign God of all peace. May it be pleasing to You to bless Your people Israel in every season and moment with Your peace.

-- From the evening liturgy]

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Shalom Rav


bless this year

When we wake up to the world outside
There's another chance to make it right

Open up our hearts, open up our eyes
Let us be the spark that makes a bigger light
Don't let us be satisfied

Baruch atah Adonai m'vareich hashanim
Baruch atah Adonai, this is our year to dream

Doesn't matter how, doesn't matter why
Got a gift to bring then you gotta try
Don't just sit there satisfied

Baruch atah Adonai m'vareich hashanim
Baruch atah Adonai, this is our year to dream

Every day another year begins
We pray you'll give us what we need
But this broken world needs our help to heal
Be a shining light and see that dream is realized

Baruch atah Adonai m'vareich hashanim
Baruch atah Adonai, this is our year to dream

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I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth,
A minor fall, a major lift,
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you need proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
Broke your throne, cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Baby, I've been here before
I've seen this club and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a lonely hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

They say that there's a God above
But all that I have ever learned from love
Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It's not a cry you hear at night
It's not someone who has seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel so I tried to touch
I told the truth and I did not come here to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

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hallelujah


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