The rain's not falling מטר לא בא

Avior Byron

The rain’s not falling

Blue-white skies

Scorching sun

God holds back the rain

Never forsakes

Never lets go

Never forsakes

Never lets go

Two people meet

Complete strangers

So silent

One God, different thoughts,

One God,

Different thoughts

The rain’s not falling

No give, no take

No kind word the ice to break

The rain’s not falling

Same words, same God,

Some people have begun to fast

Silence once more

Refrain:

The rain’s not falling

The rain’s not falling

Not falling

Some again begin fasting.

Here’s one –

A secular Jew with a kipa.

Here’s a second, a religious Pharisee,

In majestic seclusion

Three fast days are decreed, then another three

Bath-houses are closed with lock and chain

Shops are closed

Jews refuse to eat.

Two Jews, a wall in between,

Yes, two people,

With a glass wall in between

They meet to pray.

Same words, same God,

And all the rest can go to hell.

The rain’s not falling

No friendly greetings

Some people resume their fast

Silence prevails

Refrain:

The rain’s not falling

The rain’s not falling

Not falling

 

They take the ark into the street

Ash is placed on sweating foreheads

No strength to yell.

In the end – quiet prayer,

In the end – only silence

 

Translated to English by Mark Elliott Shapiro