SIMCHATH TORAH
by Elma Ehrlich Levinger
1923


"It was good to give thanks to the L-rd
For the sun and the rain,
For the corn and the wine He bestowed,
For the golden-wreathed grain:
But now as the festal week ends,
'Neath the palms that we wave,
We cry thanks to the Giver of Good
For the Torah He gave.

For the Law of the L-rd it is good,
And His precepts are right:
The simple of heart He makes wise;
His commandments bring light;
More goodly His Words than fine gold,
Ay, a treasure to save;
And we thank with rejoicing our G-d
For the Torah He gave.

O harvesters, rich in your spoils,
Not alone by the bread
Which we win by the sweat of our brows
Are the sons of dust fed;
Nay, we live by the Words of His mouth,
And 'neath palms that we wave,
We cry thanks to the Giver of Good
For the Torah He gave."
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