Leah Thanks God


   
    October 1998         
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Leah's Hoda'ah

By Miriam Lockhart

(Note: Hoda'ah is Hebrew for Thanks)

With her words Leah built her house,
  Yearning for her husband's care.
    With each new son she hoped he'd espouse
      The love she longed to share.

Would the L-rd turn her affliction,
  Living as the unloved wife,
    Into the same blissful affection
      She saw in her sister's life?

When her vision lifted at last
  From her earthly life mundane,
    Her own attachment was forever recast
      Upon love of the higher plane.

With the faithful hope she'd newly won,
  Leah's ecstatic spirit then soared.
    She declared over her fourth born son,
      "Now I will praise the L-rd!"

As she named her son Yehudah,
  A sacrifice of praise rose from her heart;
    New spiritual portals opened with her hoda'ah,
      And for him sealed the scepter--never to depart.

-- Miriam Lockhart

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from the October 1998 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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