Sacred Rights, Sacred Song

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(Jerome B. Kopmar, music)

The right to pray, the right to marry,
the right to be set free.
The right to ride a public bus
in simple dignity.

In the exercise of these sacred rights,
could the State we love be wrong?
We raise our voices in concern,
this is our sacred song.

To be buried in holy ground close to your next of kin,
should be a right a Jew can claim
not subject to the whim
of a definition stuck in time,
and leadership that has yet to find,
what it means to be truly free
in a modern Jewish democracy.

In the exercise of these sacred rights,
could the State we love be wrong?
We raise our voices in concern,
this is our sacred song.

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