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בראשית / Bereishit / Bereishis / Genesis 6:9-11:32
Of course he did a wicked thing.
He wanted to build a town of his own
But sadly, he couldn’t find any stone.
“Remember the flood!” he shouted
“When deadly rainfall spouted.
The whole earth was covered in rain
And you know – it might happen again.”
So he wanted to build it up high
Far from the floods, to the sky
He decided to build a great tower
To save himself from the next shower.
“We must be stronger this time,”
Said Nimrod, who hated to rhyme.
“We’ll get back at Hashem for that flood,
If only we had more than just mud.”
But no rock could be found
In the kingdom around.
So how could he build a new space,
With no rocks to be seen near the place?
But the folks there thought it was grand
To build up within the new land
So Nimrods advisors, a few
Came up with something brand-new.
“It’s a brick!” they exclaimed,
“Yes, that’s what it’s named,
It’s new and it’s solid – it’s just like a rock
But we make them, so we can have plenty in stock!”
The air filled with the sound
Of helpers all working so fast
To build Nimrod his city at last.
They chattered all day, making all their grand plans
They talked and they sketched and designed the broad spans.
They drew him a tower,
In only an hour;
They gathered the bricks
Spread with mortar and sticks.
They started to build
On the land they had hilled
“I’m the best!” Nimrod hurled,
“I’m the king of the world!”
But a voice whispered, “no,”
At what happened to show
That Nimrod was wrong
And had been all along.
A voice said “Shalom,”
As a man hurried home.
“Morembe?” one called out,
“Mabuhay,” a new shout
“Konichiwa,” from a man
Who was holding a plan.
“What’s going on?” Nimrod asked,
“Zdravstvujtye,” gulped an advisor - aghast.
With their bricks still in hand
Calling “Hola” “Namaste” “Koko”
No-one knew quite where to go.
Their bricks were all worthless
The people were earthless
Nimrod, their king, all alone
Upright on his barren throne.
“Hello?” he called out plaintively,
But that wasn’t the end, as we will see.
For Avraham eventually
Met with Nimrod, his destiny.
Found his way there,
Into Nimrod’s own lair.
A story for another day…
Shabbat Shalom, and peace, we pray.