Songs of Freedom – Redemption – Shema Yisrael – CHAI – LIFE

How can we know the way?

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by meJohn 14:5-6  (KJV)

 

Old pirates, yes, they rob I,
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my ‘and was made strong
By the ‘and of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but our self can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill de book

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but our self can free our mind
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall dey kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill de book

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

bob marley chai

Bob Marley With a hebrew Chai chain (Photo © Kim Gottlieb-Walker, from her book “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae”)

Bob Marley’s Father

Bob Marley’s father, Norval, from whom Marley was estranged, was the son of Ellen Broomfield, a white Jewish Syrian Jamaican. Norval Marley was born in Jamaica in 1885 (although the record is disputed) and, by the time he paired up with Marley’s mother Cedella, he was said to have been 60 years old. Norval Marley’s relationship with Cedella didn’t last long and he died of a heart attack when Marley was 12.

chai necklace

CHAI – LIFE

Chai is a Hebrew word meaning living

Chai is a Hebrew word meaning living. It is made up of two Hebrew letters, Chet and Yud. In the Hebrew alphabet each letter has a numerical value. Chet has a numerical value of eight and Yud has a numerical value of ten. Together, Chet and Yud, in the word Chai make a sum total of eighteen.

It is due to this reason that Jewish people have the custom of giving charity in multiples of eighteen. It is said in the prayers of the High Holy Days, during which Jewish people believe that the whole world is judged for the coming year, that repentance, prayer and charity can change a bad decree issued by G-d. It is believed that giving charity on a regular basis protects people from dangerous situations. With all this in mind it is perhaps the association between giving charity and life is more understandable.

Where does Chai appear in culture?

• Firstly, the Torah, the book by which Jewish people lead their lives is referred to as Torat Chayim– the Living Torah- with the root of Chayim also being Chai. The Torah is so called due to the belief that G-d wishes His people to live by His Torah and to bring Him down into their lives in every sphere- be it business, education, personal life and relationship with fellow human-beings. Also, G-d is referred to as the Living G-d who is active in our everyday lives so it follows that His Torah is the Living Torah.

• There are also names given to people that are based on the root of Chai- such as Chayim for a boy or Chaya for a girl.

• When Jews recite ritual blessings over wine on festivals, the Sabbath day or festive occasions, they proclaim “L’Chaim!” “To Life!” by way of recognizing that everything in this world can be used for good or for bad and they are using wine, which can bring out much ugliness in human beings, to sanctify G-d’s name.

• The word Chai is often worn by Jewish people on a necklace, serving as a constant reminder of their love of life and wish to use their precious time in this world to sanctify their G-d.

Ofra Haza, may she rest in peace, reached new levels of success after she appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1983 and placed second with the song “Chai”. The song contains the phrase “Israel is Alive” and was highly significant, seeing as the contest took place in Munich, Germany, where eleven Israeli athletes and coaches were killed in 1972. The patriotic entry swept Israel and the world and to this day remains a popular, much-loved song…from judaica101.ajudaica.com

Trench Town! Trench Town! Trench Town!

Like a hand full of carbon nuggets –
Gems, scattered throughout our turf
Polished beyond our darkened will
Through faith some Rudies have seen the light
Risen through slums suppression –
Spiritual attainment in sight
With consciousness gleaned, molded to substance
As diamond in the rough
Larger than Religion, bigger than life’s oppression
The is ness of all things, cause and effect –
Overcoming adversities – Principles Universal,
All class casts and creed have come to reap –
Gleaning of our virtues and culture – at will
Trench Town! Trench Town! Trench Town!
O how, I love to reminisce – your praise

W. Henry Eccleston

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