HLM Banner HLM banner

“Let Me Hear Your Voice”

“Let Me Hear Your Voice”

My dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
— Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) 2:14

This month marks one of the most ancient and holiest of Jewish celebrations, Pesach, or Passover. It is a celebration of God’s redemption of His people, Israel, from bondage, and freedom is a theme underlying the celebration. Please enjoy this collection of timeless devotions from my father, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, on this sacred observance. – Yael Eckstein, President

For more reflections on Passover, please download our complimentary devotional guide.

In recent years, the story of Detroit native James Robertson captured headlines across the world. For years, Robertson had been walking to and from his factory job because his car had broken down and he lacked the funds to buy a new one. So the 56-year-old man walked 21 miles every day, slept for two hours, and then did the whole thing over again. Looking back now, Robertson says that it was his faith and his constant prayer that God would make a way for him to have a brighter future that helped him through the hard times.

And indeed, James Robertson did receive a bright future. College freshman Evan Leedy was so touched by Robertson’s story that he set up an online fundraising page with the goal of raising $5,000 to buy Robertson a car. People were so moved by the story that donations poured in from all over the world until Leedy actively closed the account once it reached $350,000. What’s more, Robertson didn’t even need to use the money to buy a car because a local car dealer gave him a 2015 Ford Taurus — for free!

Overcome with emotion, Robertson told the media, “I am standing proof that prayer works every time, and I want everyone to know that.”

That prayer works is one of the central themes of Passover. In fact, in the daily Jewish prayer service, we read verses that recall the Exodus from Egypt as a reminder and an encouragement that prayer really does work as we pray for our own daily needs. In Exodus 3:7 God says, “I have heard them crying out . . . and I am concerned about their suffering.” This was the turning point — the Israelites cried out to God, He heard them and responded, and with that, the Exodus was underway.

This idea is picked up on in the Song of Songs, which is traditionally read during the Passover holiday. We read, “My dove in the clefts of the rock . . . show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” God was addressing a dove in distress with nowhere to turn, and He told the dove to pray: “Let me hear your voice!”

When you are facing a difficult situation with seemingly no way out, like James Robertson, or the children of Israel trapped at the Red Sea, the solution is to cry out to God in prayer. He is a God Who hears us, Who cares about us, and Who makes a way for us when we cannot find a way on our own.

For more reflections on Passover, please download our complimentary Passover Devotional Guide.

Hebrew Word of the Day

April 14, 2019

Home and Family

Oven — Tanur

Latest Devotional

Father Abraham

Abraham's bedrock of faith in the one true God is the very foundation upon which Jews and Christians alike have built our faith traditions.

New Teaching Resource

Shavuot — Pentecost

(pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.

How to Help

Honor Rabbi Eckstein

You can honor Rabbi Eckstein’s life and ministry by furthering the mission he dedicated his life to and helping countless Jewish people in great need with your best gift now.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.