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The Composer's notes on the "Kiryat Arba Song"

While preparing for a visit from Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, rosh yeshiva of the Hesder Yeshiva in Kiryat Arba in December of 2003, I was impressed to write a song that our children at Fellowship could sing to bless and encourage him. With a quick prayer for G-dís creativity, this song quickly poured forth. Kiryat Arba (also referred to as Hebron in the Genesis narrative) has a rich and deeply spiritual history. It was one of the first places Abraham resided when he entered the land of Canaan, and David was first anointed King and ruled Israel there for seven years before entering and taking Jerusalem.

The song alludes to this and to the cave of Machpelah, the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The cave, and its adjoining field, were purchased, at full market price, by Abraham as the burial place for his wife, Sarah, some 3700 years ago. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Rebecca and Leah were all eventually buried there as well.

Since Rabbi Waldman lives and the Yeshiva functions in the midst of such profoundly spiritual surroundings and amid such an awareness of G-dís presence, I thought it would be appropriate for our children to present a song that reflected the reverential love he and the Jewish people have for this special, historic community.

I felt this song was our way of telling Rabbi Waldman what Ruth the Moabitess told her Hebrew mother in law, Naomi, in Ruth 1:16:

    "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."

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