Sunday, July 25, 2010

The whole world is a narrow bridge

A narrow bridge over the flowing spring-fed waters of Ein Gedi,
Back in the 18th century, mystic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov taught
"Know! A person needs to cross a very narrow bridge, but the most important thing is not to be afraid."

And till today we sing the song:

The whole world
is a very narrow bridge
a very narrow bridge
a very narrow bridge
. . .
And the main thing to recall
is not to be afraid,
not to be afraid at all.

In Hebrew:

Kol ha'olam kulo
Gesher tsar me'od
Gesher tsar me'od
Gesher tsar me'od -

Kol ha'olam kulo
Gesher tsar me'od
Gesher tsar me'od -

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
Lo lefached -
lo lefached klal.

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
lo lefached klal.

If you'd like to get swept up in the enthusiasm of the singing, here is a little video on YouTube.


Robin said...

Such a sweet little bridge. I know what I'll be humming the rest of the day :).

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J Bar said...

Great little bridge.
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Indrani said...

Wonderful post with the song. :0
That is one cute little bridge.

Kaori said...

I'd love to hear how the song is sung! Very small but charming bridge :D

Francisca said...

What an interesting thought, the whole world is a narrow bridge. But to where? Yes, not to be afraid is the trick, isn't it. Very fitting photo for your post.

Nefertiti said...

ta photo avec ce petit pont de bois me fait pensee a cette chanson ;O)

bon dimanche ;O)

cieldequimper said...

Yes, we do need to cross narrow bridges but this one isn't frightening, it's lovely!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Dina you are brilliant. If only I could get my local Greensboro Daily Photo viewers to share as much reflection and insight into our posts as you do!!!

I'm so glad you added to your arsenal of guides to Jerusalem and that you are taking so many wonderful photos like this one. Happy Sunday!

Rob and Mandy said...

One of my favorite places in Israel. I did a short stint at the kibbutz in Ein Gedi.

Louis la Vache said...

What a wonderful contribution to Sunday Bridges, Dina. You always pack so much meaning into such little space. This is another of your jewels.

VioletSky said...

I checked ou the rousing rendition...
it may be the angle you took this, but it looks a bit of a steep incline on that bridge.

Luna Miranda said...

a great little bridge. thanks for sharing.

Elisa said...

It´s simply sweet!
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VP said...

A bridge is a bridge, and this one is so funny. My grandad once owned a bridge like this...

Kay said...

I see what you mean about getting swept up in the melody. It's a beautiful song and it really grabs you.

JM said...

That is a cute bridge!