Three Weeks

by Ari Lesser

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released November 28, 2012

Lyrics & Vocal: Ari Lesser

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Ari Lesser is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and spoken word artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed all over the world, and written hundreds of songs on a wide range of subjects. Ari’s repertoire is expansive, touching on everything from history, to animals, to Star Wars, but now his focus and passion is making music based on the Torah. ... more

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Track Name: Traveler's Prayer
Be with me O God, this is all I pray
Wherever I may go, guard me on my way
Give me bread to eat and give me clothes to wear
Bring me home in peace, back to my father’s care
If You won’t go with me, don’t make me leave this place
For how else can I know if I’ve truly found Your grace
Walk with me O LORD and take me by the hand
Lead me like a child as I wander through the land

You made me like Yourself, God deep within
I know that like Adam my soul has sinned
But don’t curse me like Cain, for I’ve shed no blood
Like Noah, keep my head above the waters of the flood
Bless me just like Abraham everywhere I roam
Save me like his nephew Lot was saved from Sodom
Be with me like Isaac in a stranger’s land
Protect me like Jacob my life is in Your hand
Redeem me like Israel from Mitzraim
Show me like Joseph how to understand my dreams
Speak to me like Moses Your Servant face to face
Like Aaron let me come near Your most Holy Place

Be with me O God, this is all I pray
Wherever I may go, guard me on my way
Give me bread to eat and give me clothes to wear
Bring me home in peace, back to my father’s care
If You won’t go with me, don’t make me leave this place
For how else can I know if I’ve truly found Your grace
Walk with me O LORD and take me by the hand
Lead me like a child as I wander through the land

Remember me like Sarah, when I’m old and gray
Answer me like Rivkah every time I pray
Lift me up like Leah if I’m feeling blue
Love me like Rachel with a love that’s deep and true
Show me where there’s water, as You showed Hagar
Don’t burn me in the fire, LORD spare me like Tamar
Treat me like the midwives who saved the Hebrew boys
Let me dance like Miriam, let me sing with joy
Give me judgment like Deborah, put my enemies to death
Hear my voice like Hannah as I pray under my breath
Bring me in like Ruth, LORD to You I’ll cling
Show me grace like Esther when she stood before the king

Be with me O God, this is all I pray
Wherever I may go, guard me on my way
Give me bread to eat and give me clothes to wear
Bring me home in peace, back to my father’s care
If You won’t go with me, don’t make me leave this place
For how else can I know if I’ve truly found Your grace
Walk with me O LORD and take me by the hand
Lead me like a child as I wander through the land

As You did for Joshua wage my wars for me
Like Caleb let me follow You wholeheartedly
If I test you like Gideon don’t let your anger flare
Make me as strong as Samson before they cut his hair
Call to me like Samuel, wake me from my sleep
LORD You’re my shepherd, like David I’m Your sheep
Give me the heart to understand like Solomon the wise
Take me like Elijah let me rise up to the skies
Make me like Elisha with a body that can heal
Reveal Yourself to me like Ezekiel saw the wheel
Like Jonah in the whale let me see daylight again
Send Your angels when I’m down like Daniel in the lion’s den

Be with me O God, this is all I pray
Wherever I may go, guard me on my way
Give me bread to eat and give me clothes to wear
Bring me home in peace, back to my father’s care
If You won’t go with me, don’t make me leave this place
For how else can I know if I’ve truly found Your grace
Walk with me O LORD and take me by the hand
Lead me like a child as I wander through the land
Track Name: One
This is a song for God
HASHEM Elokeinu HASHEM Echad
The Lord is God, the Lord is One
Everything from a particle of dust to the sun

Most of us live very phony lives
We work boring jobs and fake husbands and wives
Working nine to five to buy material things
Like cars and clothes and diamond rings

We easily lose sight of what is actually real
Numb to the feelings that we actually feel
Lose touch with our surrounding environments
And instead see the world in terms of dollars and cents

It’s easy to get caught up in your own little mind
And forget that all life is completely entwined
Cause every blade of grass and all of mankind
Will add up to One when they’re all combined

So love your neighbors even if they’re different than you
Other races, religions, and other species too
And just because you and another person don’t agree
Doesn’t make you holier than he or she

Just follow these rules for a blessed life
Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t cheat on your wife
Don’t value an object over something that’s living
Respect everybody and always be forgiving

Cause the Universe is huge and we’re so small
Just a part of the one that encompasses all
So let go of your hatred, fill your heart with love
For all of us below there is One above

This is a song for God
HASHEM Elokeinu HASHEM Echad
The Lord is God, the Lord is One
Everything from a particle of dust to the sun

One is the darkness One is the light
One is the day, and One is the night
One is the land, One is the ocean
One is stillness, and One is motion

One is resistance, One is compliance
One is religion, One is science
One is a bird, One is a tree
One is in you, and One is in me

One is a Muslim, One is a Jew
One is a Christian, and a Hindu
One is an atheist, One is a Buddhist
One is an anarchist, One is a nudist

One is what you do, One is what you think
One is what you eat, One is what you drink
One is in your lungs every time you take a breath
One is all life, and One is all death

One is what you know, One is a surprise
One is invisible in front of your eyes
One is music, film, theatre, and art
One is the end, One is the start

This is a song for God
HASHEM Elokeinu HASHEM Echad
The Lord is God, the Lord is One
Everything from a particle of dust to the sun
Track Name: Shimon Bar Yochai
It’s Lag BaOmer, so leave your home
Like Rebbi Shimon on Mount Meron
Don’t stay and hide in your cave, go play
With your friends outside it’s a beautiful day
Shoot your bow and arrow up in the sky
Get high on Torah like Bar Yochai
Light your bonfire, pull an all-nighter
On the Yartzeit of the Zohar writer

Shimon bar Yochai was a holy guy
Who was so much wiser than you and I
He was a true believer, an overachiever
From the yeshiva of Rebbi Akiva
The Roman’s came they banned Torah teaching
But Rebbi Akiva kept on preaching
In prison he still taught students until
The Roman’s had him tortured and killed
And it was after this that Rebbi Shimon
Yehuda, and Yossi were discussing Rome
Yehudah said the Romans were sweet
For building bathhouses, bridges, and streets
Yossi sat silently, he heard
Everything that was said but he spoke no word
And Shimon answered and said, “All this
That they made was just for their own interest
They built market places with all those stores
So they could fill them with harlots and whores
Bathhouses just for themselves to wash
And bridges to tax all those who cross
When the Romans heard what the sages debated
They praised Yehudah, had him elevated
They exiled Yossi for just sitting still
And declared that Shimon would have to be killed
So he and his son went to hide away
They stayed in the Beis Midrash each day
His wife would bring them some water and bread
But he feared they would torture her so they fled

It’s Lag BaOmer, so leave your home
Like Rebbi Shimon on Mount Meron
Don’t stay and hide in your cave, go play
With your friends outside it’s a beautiful day
Shoot your bow and arrow up in the sky
Get high on Torah like Bar Yochai
Light your bonfire, pull an all-nighter
On the Yartzeit of the Zohar writer

Shimon and his son had to hide in a cave
Only by a miracle were they saved
A carob tree and a well were created
For them to eat and drink while they waited
They sat naked with the sand up to their necks
To protect their garments from getting wrecked
Only put on clothes when it was time to pray
While they stayed in the cave and studied all day
Twelve years they lived there on their own
And secrets were shown to Rebbi Shimon
The concealed was revealed to Bar Yochai
As clear as that day at Har Sinai
Finally Elijah appeared and said
“The decree is cancelled, the Ceaser’s dead.”
But when they emerged they saw there a man
Plowing and planting seeds in the land
Surprised they cried, “How could he forsake
Eternal life, for this life that’s fake.”
And every place to which they turned
Their eyes, went up in flames and burned
But then a voice from heaven cried
“Have you emerged and come outside
To destroy my world, you can’t behave
Like this, now go back to your cave”
So they returned there, forced to dwell
Twelve month like the wicked stay in hell
Until the voice from heaven said
“Leave your cave.” And so they did

It’s Lag BaOmer, so leave your home
Like Rebbi Shimon on Mount Meron
Don’t stay and hide in your cave, go play
With your friends outside it’s a beautiful day
Shoot your bow and arrow up in the sky
Get high on Torah like Bar Yochai
Light your bonfire, pull an all-nighter
On the Yartzeit of the Zohar writer

Many years went by and Bar Yochai
Was laying in bed about to die
It was Lag BaOmer, the thirty third day
And when the sun set he would pass away
He knew it was his last chance to give
Over all his wisdom while he still lived
And so he began to reveal many more
Secrets of Torah than ever before
His students gathered around his bed
Rebbi Abba wrote every word he said
He was goingg fast if a thing was lost
Future generations would pay the cost
Trying to fit all he had to say
To his students into that single day
Rebbi Abba was writing but the sunlight
Was sinking and there was too much to write
But he kept on teaching and teaching and yet
The sun stood still and refused to set
A burning fire surrounded the house
None could enter none could go out
And when he finished speaking at last
The house was lit by a brilliant flash
As Rebbi Shimon returned his soul
To its Maker, pure, righteous, and whole
And to this day the whole Jewish nation
Is still being nourished by his revelation
Bar Yochai gave us the Zohar
On the eighteenth day in the month of Iyar

It’s Lag BaOmer, so leave your home
Like Rebbi Shimon on Mount Meron
Don’t stay and hide in your cave, go play
With your friends outside it’s a beautiful day
Shoot your bow and arrow up in the sky
Get high on Torah like Bar Yochai
Light your bonfire, pull an all-nighter
On the Yartzeit of the Zohar writer