The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

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1.
The Tower 04:02
LYRICS: And the whole Earth was of one language and of singular expressions [Genesis 11:1]... “Let’s build for ourselves a city and a tower, with its beginning in the heavens, and we’ll make for ourselves a monument” [Genesis 11:4]... [G-d:] “They’re one people, and they’ve got one language for all of them, and this is what they intend to do? From now on, nothing they set out to accomplish shall be withheld.” [Genesis 11:6] וַיְהִ֥י כָל־הָאָ֖רֶץ שָׂפָ֣ה אֶחָ֑ת וּדְבָרִ֖ים אֲחָדִֽים [בראשית יא:א] … הָ֣בָה ׀ נִבְנֶה־לָּ֣נוּ עִ֗יר וּמִגְדָּל֙ וְרֹאשׁ֣וֹ בַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וְנַֽעֲשֶׂה־לָּ֖נוּ שֵׁ֑ם [בראשית יא:ד] … הֵ֣ן עַ֤ם אֶחָד֙ וְשָׂפָ֤ה אַחַת֙ לְכֻלָּ֔ם וְזֶ֖ה הַֽחִלָּ֣ם לַֽעֲשׂ֑וֹת וְעַתָּה֙ לֹֽא־יִבָּצֵ֣ר מֵהֶ֔ם כֹּ֛ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָֽזְמ֖וּ לַֽעֲשֽׂוֹת [בראשית יא:ו]ו Va-yehi kol ha-’aretz safa echat udvarim achadim. Hava nivne lanu ir umigdal ve-rosho bashamayim, ve-naase lanu shem. Hen am echad ve-safa achat le-chulam, ve-ze hachilam laasot, ve-ata lo yibatzer me-hem kol asher yazmu la-asot.
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LYRICS: HASHEM will bless you and guard you. HASHEM will shine Divine features toward you and endow you [with elements of the Divine]. HASHEM will carry Divine features toward you and instill peace with you. [Numbers 6:26-24] יְבָֽרֶכְךָ֥ ה' וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃ יָאֵ֨ר ה' ׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃ יִשָּׂ֨א ה' ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם׃ [במדבר ו:כד-כו]ו Y’varech’cha ADOSHEM ve-yish’m’recha. Ya’er ADOSHEM panav eilecha vichuneka. Yisa ADOSHEM panav eilecha ve-yasem lecha shalom. You will not be able to stay home, רבותי Mainly because you will not be able to keep your feet from moving Mainly because your feet will acquire for themselves a mind of their own A beat of their own Mainly because you will hear the sounds the way they were meant to be heard Not through your ears, which hear not Not through your eyes, which see not But through your feet, רבותי The revelation will not be televised or named something else in vain. רבותי, The כוהנים cannot bless you with it on holy days. The revelation cannot be fashioned from gold or silver, or from wood or stone or surround-sound. The revelation will not be texted, emailed, or chatted, you will not be able to watch it the next day online It cannot be bottled up, stuffed into fiber-optic cables, or thrown onto invisible waves of radio, broadband, or other shattered vessels. It will not be rolled into a scroll of something else’s skin for your convenience, And no right angles made of paper or plasma can show you the revelation, Because the revelation will not be televised You will not be separate from the revelation in any way. You will not be able to skip out, forget, or turn off. The revelation cannot be uploaded, downloaded, frontloaded, or unloaded You will not be able to lose yourself between your earbuds, and you will not see it happening through your rear-view mirror or through your windshield of Abraham. You cannot carpel tunnel your way to the revelation. The revelation will not happen to you when you least expect it, Because the revelation will not happen on its own. The revelation will inspire you. It will purify the very שעטנז of your being. The revelation will pour light on you like oil from the hands of a prophet. The revelation will not happen on its own. The revelation will be live And you will breathe into it breaths of life The revelation will not be televised The revelation will not be televised Will not be televised Will not be televised Will not be televised
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LYRICS: Meaninglessness of meaninglesses! All is meaningless. [Ecclesiastes 1:2] … That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been created is that which will be created; and there’s nothing new underneath the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9] הֲבֵ֥ל הֲבָלִ֖ים הַכֹּ֥ל הָֽבֶל׃ [קהלת א:ב] … מַה־שֶּֽׁהָיָה֙ ה֣וּא שֶׁיִּֽהְיֶ֔ה וּמַה־שֶּׁנַּֽעֲשָׂ֔ה ה֖וּא שֶׁיֵּֽעָשֶׂ֑ה וְאֵ֥ין כָּל־חָדָ֖שׁ תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ [קהלת א:ט]ו Havel havalim ha-kol havel. Ma she-haya hu she-yih’yeh, u-ma she-naasa hu she-yease, ve-ein kol chadash tachat ha-shemesh.
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LYRICS: Look here, I’ll make it rain sustenance from the sky for you, and the people will venture to collect each day’s delivery each day in order for me to validate their existence, whether or not they advance in My Torah. And when the sixth day [comes]... I’ll double the amount of the daily collection. [Exodus 16:4-5] הִנְנִ֨י מַמְטִ֥יר לָכֶ֛ם לֶ֖חֶם מִן־הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם וְיָצָ֨א הָעָ֤ם וְלָֽקְטוּ֙ דְּבַר־י֣וֹם בְּיוֹמ֔וֹ לְמַ֧עַן אֲנַסֶּ֛נּוּ הֲיֵלֵ֥ךְ בְּתֽוֹרָתִ֖י אִם־לֹֽא׃ וְהָיָה֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁ֔י... וְהָיָ֣ה מִשְׁנֶ֔ה עַ֥ל אֲשֶֽׁר־יִלְקְט֖וּ י֥וֹם ׀ יֽוֹם׃ [שמות טז:ד-ה]ו Hin’ni mamtir lachem lechem min ha-shamayim ve-yatza ha-am ve-laktu dvar yom be-yomo l’maan anasenu ha-yelech be-torati im lo. Ve-haya ba-yom ha-shishi... ve-haya mishne al asher yilk’tu yom yom.
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Secret 04:54
LYRICS: The warmth of HASHEM will be upon us, and our handiwork authorized above us; and our handiwork authorized. [Psalms 90:17] That which is settled on the secret side of supremacy abides in the shadow of SHADAI. I’ll say to HASHEM, my protector and my fortress, my G-d in whom I’m secure[,] That G-d will rescue you from the deceiving trap; from the ubiquitous virus. G-d will envelop you in G-d’s “wing”... [Psalms 91:1-4] וִיהִ֤י ׀ נֹ֤עַם ה' אֱלֹקֵ֗ינוּ עָ֫לֵ֥ינוּ וּמַֽעֲשֵׂ֣ה יָ֭דֵינוּ כּֽוֹנְנָ֥ה עָלֵ֑ינוּ וּֽמַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יָ֝דֵ֗ינוּ כּֽוֹנְנֵֽהוּ׃ [תהלים צ:יז] יֹ֭שֵׁב בְּסֵ֣תֶר עֶלְי֑וֹן בְּצֵ֥ל שַׁ֝דַּ֗י יִתְלוֹנָֽן׃ אֹמַ֗ר לַֽ֭ה’ מַחְסִ֣י וּמְצֽוּדָתִ֑י אֱ֝לֹקַ֗י אֶבְטַח־בּֽוֹ׃ כִּ֤י ה֣וּא יַ֭צִּֽילְךָ מִפַּ֥ח יָק֗וּשׁ מִדֶּ֥בֶר הַוּֽוֹת׃ בְּאֶבְרָת֨וֹ ׀ יָ֣סֶךְ לָ֭ךְ... [תהלים צא:א-ד]ו Vihi noam HASHEM ELOKEINU aleinu u-maase yadeinu kon’na aleinu u-maase yadeinu kon’nehu. Yoshev be-seter elyon be-tzel SHADAI yitlonan. Omar la-SHEM machsi um’tzudati ELOKAI evtach bo. Ki hu yatzilcha mi-pach yakush mi-dever havvot. Be-’evrato yasech lach...
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LYRICS: And all Your children are students of HASHEM, and Your children are towers of peace. [Isaiah 54:13] וְכָל־בָּנַ֖יִךְ לִמּוּדֵ֣י ה' וְרַ֖ב שְׁל֥וֹם בָּנָֽיִךְ׃ [ישעיהו נד:יג]ו Ve-chol banayich limudei HASHEM, ve-rav sh’lom banayich.
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LYRICS: And the Divine eminence will be beheld and revealed upon us soon... [From the Torah service] And you who adhere to HASHEM your G-d, you are all alive today. [Deuteronomy 4:4] וְתִגָּלֶה וְתֵרָאֶה מַלְכוּתו עָלֵינוּ בִּזְמַן קָרוב... [סדר קריאת התורה] וְאַתֶּם֙ הַדְּבֵקִ֔ים בַּֽה' אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֑ם חַיִּ֥ים כֻּלְּכֶ֖ם הַיּֽוֹם׃ [דברים ד:ד]ו Ve-tigale ve-tera’e malchuto aleinu bizman karov... ve-atem ha-d’vekim ba-ADOSHEM ELOKEICHEM chayim kulchem ha-yom.
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LYRICS: I’ll approach the king, [an act] which goes against [palace] procedure, and if I’m to be executed, I’m to be executed [Esther 4:16]… If You care for me, Your Highness, and if it’s okay with Your Highness, give me my soul upon my request and my people upon my behest [Esther 7:3]... For how could I watch the evil that befalls my people, and how could I watch the extermination of my heritage? [Esther 8:6] אָב֤וֹא אֶל־הַמֶּ֨לֶךְ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לֹֽא־כַדָּ֔ת וְכַֽאֲשֶׁ֥ר אָבַ֖דְתִּי אָבָֽדְתִּי׃ [אסתר ד:טז]... אִם־מָצָ֨אתִי חֵ֤ן בְּעֵינֶ֨יךָ֙ הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וְאִם־עַל־הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ ט֑וֹב תִּנָּֽתֶן־לִ֤י נַפְשִׁי֙ בִּשְׁאֵ֣לָתִ֔י וְעַמִּ֖י בְּבַקָּֽשָׁתִֽי׃ [אסתר ז:ג]... כִּ֠י אֵֽיכָכָ֤ה אוּכַל֙ וְֽרָאִ֔יתִי בָּֽרָעָ֖ה אֲשֶׁר־יִמְצָ֣א אֶת־עַמִּ֑י וְאֵֽיכָכָ֤ה אוּכַל֙ וְֽרָאִ֔יתִי בְּאָבְדַ֖ן מֽוֹלַדְתִּֽי׃ [אסתר ח:ו]ו Avo el ha-melech asher lo chadat ve-cha’asher avad’ti avad’ti... Im matzati chen be-einecha ha-melech ve-’im al ha-melech tov tinaten li nafshi bi-sh’elati ve-ami be-vakashati... Ki eichacha uchal ve-ra’iti ba-raa asher yimtza et ami ve-’eichacha uchal ve-ra’iti be-avdan molad’ti.
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LYRICS: For just as my ancestors planted for me - I am planting for my descendants, too. [Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Taanit 23a] The song of elevations upon the return of HASHEM; when Zion was restored, we were like dreamers. [Psalms 126:1] כִּי הֵיכִי דְשַׁתְלֵי לִי אֲבַהַתַי – שַׁתְלֵי נַמִי לִבְרׇאִי. [מסכת תענית א23] שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב ה' אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֝יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹֽלְמִֽים׃ [תהלים קכו:א]ו Ki heichi d’shatlei li avahatai - shatlei nami liv’ra’i. Shir ha-maalot be-shuv ADOSHEM et shivat tzion hayinu ke-cholmim. Here, in the earth that fashioned Eve [Here they planted for me] Here, where understanding grew [I’m planting for you] Up here an olive branch was seen [Here they planted for me] Under skies where colors flew [I’m planting for you] Ki heichi... From here, a voice burned in the leaves [Here they planted for me] A call to lead our people through [I’m planting for you] Right here, Deborah came to teach [Here they planted for me] Beneath her tree we sought the truth [I’m planting for you] Ki heichi... [Shir ha-maalot] Someone dreamed the world for me [Be-shuv ADOSHEM] Now I am dreaming it for you [Et shivat tzion] Take the world, and dream anew [Hayinu ke-cholmim, ke-cholmim] Ki heichi...
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LYRICS: So after these deliveries, G-d tested Abraham... [Genesis 22:1] “Take your child, your only, the one you love... and get yourself going to the land of Moriah, and elevate him as an elevation [sacrifice]”... [Genesis 22:2] And Abraham awoke... and arose, and advanced to the place G-d indicated to him. [Genesis 22:3] … And Abraham took the kindling for the elevation [sacrifice] and placed them on Isaac his son, and he took the fire and the tinder and the two of them advanced together. [Genesis 22:6] … “The sacrificial lamb will be beheld by G-d - my son... [Genesis 22:8] And Abraham reached out his arm and took the tinder in order to slaughter his son. But a messenger of HASHEM called out to him from the heavens, and said, “Abraham, Abraham,” and he said, “Look here.” … “Don’t do a thing to him”... [Genesis 22:10-12] וַיְהִ֗י אַחַר֙ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה וְהָ֣אֱלֹקִ֔ים נִסָּ֖ה אֶת־אַבְרָהָ֑ם... [בראשית כב:א] קַח־נָ֠א אֶת־בִּנְךָ֨ אֶת־יְחִֽידְךָ֤ אֲשֶׁר־אָהַ֨בְתָּ֙... וְלֶ֨ךְ־לְךָ֔ אֶל־אֶ֖רֶץ הַמֹּֽרִיָּ֑ה וְהַֽעֲלֵ֤הוּ שָׁם֙ לְעֹלָ֔ה... [בראשית כב:ב] וַיַּשְׁכֵּ֨ם אַבְרָהָ֜ם...וַיָּ֣קָם וַיֵּ֔לֶךְ אֶל־הַמָּק֖וֹם אֲשֶׁר־אָֽמַר־ל֥וֹ הָֽאֱלֹקִֽים׃ [בראשית כב:ג]... וַיִּקַּ֨ח אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֶת־עֲצֵ֣י הָֽעֹלָ֗ה וַיָּ֨שֶׂם֙ עַל־יִצְחָ֣ק בְּנ֔וֹ וַיִּקַּ֣ח בְּיָד֔וֹ אֶת־הָאֵ֖שׁ וְאֶת־הַֽמַּאֲכֶ֑לֶת וַיֵּֽלְכ֥וּ שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם יַחְדָּֽו׃ [בראשית כב:ו]… אֱלֹקִ֞ים יִרְאֶה־לּ֥וֹ הַשֶּׂ֛ה לְעֹלָ֖ה בְּנִ֑י... [בראשית כב:ח] וַיִּשְׁלַ֤ח אַבְרָהָם֙ אֶת־יָד֔וֹ וַיִּקַּ֖ח אֶת־הַֽמַּאֲכֶ֑לֶת לִשְׁחֹ֖ט אֶת־בְּנֽוֹ׃ וַיִּקְרָ֨א אֵלָ֜יו מַלְאַ֤ךְ ה֙' מִן־הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וַיֹּ֖אמֶר אַבְרָהָ֣ם ׀ אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיֹּ֖אמֶר הִנֵּֽנִי׃ … אַל־תַּ֥עַשׂ ל֖וֹ מְא֑וּמָה... [בראשית כב:י-יב]ו Va-y’hi achar ha-dvarim ha-’ele ve-ha-’ELOKIM nisa et Avraham... Kach na et bincha et y’chidcha asher ahavta... ve-lech lecha el eretz ha-moria ve-haalehu sham le-ola... va-yashkem Avraham... va-yakam va-yelech el ha-makom asher amar lo ha-ELOKIM... va-yikach Avraham et atzei ha-ola va-yasem al Yitzchak b’no va-yikach be-yado et ha-esh ve-et ha-ma’achelet va-yelchu shneihem yachdav... ELOKIM yir’e lo ha-se le-ola b’ni... Va-yishlach Avraham et yado va-yikach et ha-ma’achelet lish’chot et b’no. Va-yikra elav mal’ach HASHEM min ha-shamayim va-yomer Avraham Avraham va-yomer hineni... al taas lo m’uma...
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LYRICS: “When I turn now and behold this great sight...” And HASHEM saw that he turned in order to behold it, and G-d called to him from inside the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses,” and he said, “Look here.” [Exodus 3:3-4] אָסֻֽרָה־נָּ֣א וְאֶרְאֶ֔ה אֶת־הַמַּרְאֶ֥ה הַגָּדֹ֖ל הַזֶּ֑ה... וַיַּ֥רְא ה' כִּ֣י סָ֣ר לִרְא֑וֹת וַיִּקְרָא֩ אֵלָ֨יו אֱלֹקִ֜ים מִתּ֣וֹךְ הַסְּנֶ֗ה וַיֹּ֛אמֶר מֹשֶׁ֥ה מֹשֶׁ֖ה וַיֹּ֥אמֶר הִנֵּֽנִי׃ [שמות ג:ג-ד]ו Asura na ve-’er’e et ha-mar’e ha-gadol ha-ze... va-yar’ AMONAI kii sar lir’ot va-yikra eilav ELOKIM mi-toch ha-sne va-yomer Moshe, Moshe, va-yomer hineni.
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LYRICS: If you go, I’ll go... Regardless, your glory isn’t on the path you’re taking... [Judges 4:8-9] אִם־תֵּֽלְכִ֥י עִמִּ֖י וְהָלָ֑כְתִּי... אֶ֚פֶס כִּי֩ לֹ֨א תִֽהְיֶ֜ה תִּֽפְאַרְתְּךָ֗ עַל־הַדֶּ֨רֶךְ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר אַתָּ֣ה הוֹלֵ֔ךְ... [שופטים ד:ח-ט]ו Im telchi imi ve-halachti... ‘efes ki lo tih’ye tif’art’cha al ha-derech asher ata holech... Starting over with my people Now the winds of change have blown Am I ready to be part of What I’m feeling in my bones? I don’t want to fight the fight If I have to walk alone I look to you, and you to me Let this Truth be known: Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti For the wrongs I may have done you For these sins I do atone ‘Cause we need one another To reap the joy that has been sown So let’s go together now To the place that will be shown ‘Cause we’re both made out of iron So we don’t need any stone Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti [Efes, ki lo tih’ye tif’artecha] No, there’s something even more [Al haderech asher ata holech] (If you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go) There is something even more (If you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go) There is something even more Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti (If you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go) Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti (If you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go, if you go, I’ll go) Im telchi imi ve-halachti, im telchi imi ve-halachti (If you go, I’ll go)

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