Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven.
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?"
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!"
(from a letter
written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents)
The words from this song video are from Hoshea 2:20. They are about the messianic rainbow covenant that is yet to come.
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May it be Your will, YHVH our God, that You give a listening heart
to those whom we have elevated to the government, for rulership is Yours. May You tear out tyranny and despotism, ruin those who cheat and deceive,
upend those who oppress the vulnerable.
Make the reign of the arrogant disappear from all lands.
Pulverize the plans of those who attack democracy.
Deny them, make them fail, humble them, soon in our days. And may You give to all the peoples of this country the strength and will to pursue righteousness and to seek peace as a unified force,
to uproot racism and violence from our hearts, and to make healing, good life and peace flourish, here and throughout the world.
Here are the lyrics to the song video, from Hoshea 2:20:
V'kharati lahem brit bayom hahu im chayat hasadeh v’im of hashamayim v’remes ha’adamah
v’keshet v’cherev umilchamah eshbor min ha’aretz v’hishkavtim lavetach
On that day, I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the birds of the skies, and all creatures that crawl on the Earth,
and bow and sword and war I will break from the land, so that they all will lay down in safety.
Music by Shimshai with Assi Rose on accordion. You can listen to another version of this song by Amen here!
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