Because one genius always deserves another, Marc Chagall‘s glorious paintings of Jewish shtetl life have been set to the gorgeous music of violinist Maurice Sklar.
What a week. Some of us are graced with the knowledge that we’ll have some peaceful hours with loved ones, save a soccer game or two. And maybe an annoying trip to Home Depot.
Others among us enter the weekend without respite from the injustice and inequalities that make their lives miserable.
As I light the candles later this eve (no, never on time), I’ll send up a Sim Shalom, the prayer for peace for all.
Kids always learn the happy, clappy version, but Julie Silver’s tune has always been my favorite; somehow, the somber chord progression gives this prayer the depth it deserves.
I love the translation below—we’re all in this together, friends.
A peaceful Shabbat and wonderful weekend to all—and may we hold compassion for all those who suffer.
(“Peace Hamsa” by Kansas City artist Laura Bolter.)