Evil Shall Have No Power, Nor Shall Death: A Chad Gadya of Rage

Evil Shall Have No Power, Nor Shall Death: A Chad Gadya of Rage
©Rabbi Menachem Creditor

One sacrificial offering,
one little kid.
Our Founders bought
with their blood.

Then came inventors
who dreamed noble dreams
and brought them
to those in power
to build a better world
our Founders bought
for their little kids
with their blood.

Then those with power
forgot to dream of anything
besides power.
They bit and burned
the inventors
turned noble dreams
into monetized weapons,
sold each other's kids' blood,
that drowned out
the power to build a better world
our Founders bought
for their little kids
with their blood.

Then the Angel of Death
came to the Holy Blessed One, saying,
"I have no need of all these souls,
sent to me faster and faster,
by your children
who dream only of power.
Quench their thirst
so that they might dream big dreams
and reclaim the nobility
of pursuing a better world."

And God wept, saying,
"My children,
you've vanquished Me,
you've vanquished Me.
Only your strength,
your hope,
your deeds,
can end the cycle of death."

And so God's children,
one by one,
answered the prayers
of both God and the Angel of Death,
and channeled their rage,
and built a new world,
birthed new inventors
to end the nightmares
and reteach us to dream,
and learn to see again
the better world
our Founders bought
for their little kids,
every one of us,
with their blood.

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