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Your Footsteps

Your Footsteps


I went looking for your footsteps
Princess, mother
In the sands of yesterday--
But how would I find them?
Your fragile foot
So delicate, so kindly
Never pressed down
Upon the ground...

I searched for your monument
Among the gravestones--
But who strings praises
For an anonymous benefactor?

But somewhere
A flower blooms
Upon which once
Your smile shined;
Blossoms a tree
Which your eyes caressed
As you passed by;
And in many hearts gleam
Remnants of your glow
That will never be extinguished

In memory of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1965), of blessed memory

Zvi Yair is the pen name of the Hebrew poet and chassidic scholar Rabbi Zvi Meir Steinmetz (1915–2005). For more on Zvi Yair, see
From the Hebrew by Yanki Tauber.
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Isobel Christchurch, New-Zealand February 18, 2008

This is one of the most beautiful poems i have ever brings a tear to my eyes...and makes me think of my own darling Mother who i thank g-d for everyday!!! Reply

Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, left a remarkable legacy.