Felix Mendelssohn - “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth”
Today’s song is by Felix Mendelssohn, a man who was baptized Protestant by his parents but whom was very very proud of his jewish heritage and his relation to Moses Mendelssohn. I like the idea that though he never personally talked about his innermost beliefs he was wise enough to see the divinity in both religions. Taking this text from the Torah he was able to write a transcendent piece of music about the plight of Israel. Though not a traditional Hanukkah song, I always think of this song during the holidays.
This song sings of hope. Hope for tomorrow, for the life to come, and in the belief that things though dark at times, will always turn out for the best. Light will always rise to the challenge of the darkness. Hope is never lost simply not found yet. Love is always just around the corner waiting for you to happen upon it and fall right it. Never let yourself be so surrounded by the clouds that you forget walk back into the sunshine.
So today I choose Felix Mendelssohn’s “There Shall A Star From Jacob Come Forth” as my, let your heart believe, hope may be frail - but it is hard to kill, one more step, song for a, let the stars be your guide, you may falter but you mustn't quit, though your body may be broken, battered, and bloody, your weary eyes will rise up and with this sight your heart shall be healed Friday, the 7th night of Chanukah.