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Tehillat HaYam: A Psalm of the Sea

By David Krantz


Our fate rests with the sea:

With every breath

We breathe air from the sea.



Listen to the sea:

It cries from overfishing — greed and gluttony.

It cries from pollution — avarice and wastefulness.

It cries from heat — carbon consumption and apathy.


May we return to days of old:

Let the sea and all within it thrive.

Befriend the plankton and the minnow,

The coral and the turtle,

The seal and the shark,

The dolphin and the whale;

Like us, they are part of Creation.


May the waves lap the shore

As a mother cradles her child.

Let the sea once again be filled with fish

As stars fill the sky.


Listen to the sea.




David Krantz is the president and chairperson of the Green Zionist Alliance.









"Song represents the concept that people understand the harmony of creation. Nature is always 'singing,' because, from the tiniest microorganism to the mightiest galaxy, everything acts and interacts as God intended it to. This is song. It is the most awesome symphony conceivable, because it consists of an infinite number of players uniting in playing the Divine score. But man seldom sees this harmony."

- from The Complete ArtScroll Machzor, by Rabbi Nosson Scherman

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