by cheri block
Much has been written throughout the ages about stars.
Stars figure prominently in art, music, sculpture, and oratory.
Their appeal is their mystery.
And yet, astronomers high atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii have demystified much about stars. We know they are intense balls of energy that explode with light and heat. We know they have gravitational pull. We know that they die, eventually, but we here on Earth continue to view their light long after they are gone.
All of these thoughts apply to Queen Joan, who for many of us, was the brightest star in the room even as her light in this world began to dim. For those of us who studied the Constellation that was Joan, we sensed an other-worldliness about her.
Where did she come from? How was she able to twinkle when so much had been taken?
This song, Yesh Kochavim ( Kocha is star in Hebrew, vim makes it plural) is an earthly composer’s attempt to capture the light of a lost life. First, listen to the Hebrew and then listen to the English.
If one of your family’s stars has left your orbit, you will be comforted.