Yom HaZikaron / Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Randyjw; April 17, 2018)
(Reposted May 1, 2019)
Soldiers, warriors, heroes, victims
mothers, fathers, siblings, children
departed, terrorism, so many gone, in memoriam
never forget, ever learned?
millions strong, remembering
Israel Stands Still (Randyjw; Originally Posted: April 22, 2017)
Israel stands still
when the siren sounds across the land
recalling the fallen
the never again
You are not forgotten
but remembered again
Siren of Rehovot, Israel (2012):
I Am poem – Anne Frank
by Natasha Hashemi and Claire Hawer
Eli Atah – Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir
In Happier Days (Randyjw; Originally Posted: April 23, 2017)
Through the slavery of Egypt;
through the auto-da-fe’s; the pogroms;
through the Inquisition; the Crusades;
and the exile of Babylon.
The destruction of our Temple
was more than the razing of a building;
it was the attempt to destroy through deicide
what they couldn’t destroy within.
The burning of our skin
in the synagogues
as they torched us alive in flames
worshipping false G-ds with idols
and blaspheming the Good L-rd’s name.
They eradicated us en masse in genocide
and overtook the Holy Land,
What they didn’t take, through Holocaust,
was that G-d would foil their plans.
G-d knows how to make it rain,
blessing, in its proper times.
As much as is done for the earth,
He has done, as well, for our minds.
Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel
(Randyjw; Originally Posted: 05/11/2016)
Remembrance Day (Memorial Day)
Happy Rebirthday, Israel.
HaTikvah (The Hope; a poem by Naftali Herz Imber; also it is the Israel National Anthem)
Kol od balayvav pnima nefesh Yehudi homiyah
Ul fatey Mizrach kadima
Ayin L’Tsion tsofiyah
Od lo avdah tikvatenu
HaTikvah shnot al payim
Liyot Am chofshi be’artzenu
B’Eretz Tzion V’rushalyim.
(HaTikvah “The Hope” translation from “My Jewish Learning”:)
As long as within our hearts
The Jewish soul sings,
As long as forward to the East
To Zion, looks the eye —
Our hope is not yet lost,
It is two thousand years old,
To be a free people in our land
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
Hear The Israel National Anthem, HaTikvah, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Q4XL4oRIRE
See excerpts of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaim the State of Israel, with HaTikvah in the background: https://youtu.be/XTSpfNoHpzU