For Zion’s Sake

The years and the tears
The hoping and the waiting
Surely you, O Israel,
Who wait upon the Lord
Will not be ashamed

Surely Zion will not die
While watchmen cry

Your zeal, your heart
Your burden so real
The heart of Abba
Trembling with heartache for His son

Zion, can you hear
Israel, he is near
Calling, crying out
Like a woman in labor
Panting, gasping
Laying low everything keeping you
From loving him

Jerusalem, he will not forsake you
He will not forget you
Your walls before him
His peace not withholding
Death will not prosper,
Wickedness will not have its way with you

Your walls always on his mind
Your bulwarks etched in time
Made of stone
A defense
Keeping him afar
But wanting him near

Coming for you
He is
One day soon

Mocking will end
Lying will die
Hatred crushed beneath him
As He draws near
New life will take hold again

Abba, Do You Hear?

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Abba, do you hear?
Zion as she cries
The cries, the groaning of Your people
Do you see her desperation?

Zion is crying out

While the leaders of the nations set themselves against
You who made them

Zion still cries out

Zion waits
Wondering,
Hoping her suffering is not in vain

Abba,
Holy One,
Giver of Life

I join Zion’s cry
My heart beats with hers
I cry with Zion
Waiting,
Wondering,
Hoping

Knowing Your desire over Zion
Knowing You will heal her
Knowing You are seeking her out
For Yourself

I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the LORD, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” Jeremiah 30:17

Zion’s Healing

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I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says Adonai,
Because they called you an outcast saying: This is Zion; no one seeks her.

– excerpt from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Healing is the bread given to his children
Restoration is the hope for all who are his

Israel is his child,
His firstborn son
When all the nations and all the peoples
Cast you out

O Zion, he will seek you out
Your father will find you
When you are lost and destitute
He will rescue you

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Calling out, crying out
Bringing life to his children
Remembering their cries

Gotta Keep Dreamin’

I’m jumping out on a limb writing (and posting) a rhyme with Holocaust survivors in mind, especially since you can’t hear the music in my head.

Inspired by Matisyahu and freestyle rapper Kosha Dillz and in remembrance of the 6 million who perished.

Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael, 2016
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Gotta keep
dreamin’
to keep livin’
to keep believin’
and keep lovin’

Gotta dream
it’s called prayer

A real dream
crying out
from deep within
to the One
above
who can answer
who will answer

Because
He loves and
He lives

His people
so deep in His heart
unrelenting
never forgetting
cannot forsake
His children
from the beginning

Goodness
abounding

Love
surrounding

Holy One of Israel
Avinu Malkeinu

Who would have ever
thought
a God so high
above all our stuff
choosin’
to step in
to cry
to weep
as His people weep
to comfort,
to console
only His is this role

Zion, Sing
Jerusalem, Shine
just remember
You are Mine
the apple of My eye
asking why, why, why
so much pain
so much suf’rin’
why we called
why we chosen
are You loyal
are You faithful

Zion crying out
lookin’ ‘round
for the lyrics
and the sound
desirin’ to sing
yet agony within
cryin’ out
drownin’ out
the love within
wanting God
yet anguish grippin’
agony trippin’ out
holding tight
pain not forgotten
why must I remember

are You here?
do You hear?
are You there?
where did You go?
the cry in the night
from a broken soul

my brothers and my sisters,
my mother and my father
gone, taken away
one dark day

Yet here I am
waitin’
wonderin’
if You’re real
and if You are
what do You want from me?

O God
help me
like David, I cry out
desperation pressing down
please don’t leave me
don’t forsake me

Frustrated, so confused
wonderin’ who You really are
Avinu Malkeinu
Our Father, Our King
wrestlin’ like Yakov
unwilling to relent

Here I am, God
soothe my soul, O God
please take my cries
please hold them not against me
just bein’ real
expressin’ my soul
to You

Today I’m hopin’
Today I’m reachin’ out
I’m letting you hear me
I want You to see me

Broken in soul
my heart still beatin’
barely breathin’
gasping for breath
as I remember
Trying not to remember

Are you real?
I can barely ask again
My eyes heavenward
wonderin’
if You’re real
if You’ll answer
please come find me, My God
as I cry out
from this broken place
wanting to hide my face
from You

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You Hear – 40

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I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He took me up out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
He established and ordered my steps

Many will see, many will see and hear
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

Do not withhold your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let your lovingkindness and your truth continually preserve me

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you
Let such as love your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my G-d

Excerpts from Psalm 40 and 40 by U2

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May G-d lift the head of his people Israel
Like he did David’s head,
Time and time again

Once again
May he deliver them out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay
And put a new song in their mouth
A song of hallel
That many will see and fear
And trust in the name of the Lord

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Jacob

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“Please do not hide your face from me, O G-d of my fathers,” Jacob cried out.

“I’m right here, my son?” G-d answered.

“Is that you, O G-d? Where are you? Where have you gone? Why have you hidden yourself from me for so long?” Jacob’s cries were desperate like those of a scared child feeling lost and alone.

“Jacob, be still, my son,” Abba said with tenderness in His voice.

Jacob tilted his head upward, having heard the faint whisper of G-d again.

“Is that you, O Lord? Is that you, my G-d?” Jacob panted, one slow breath at a time.

Jacob was a desperate man. He was disoriented. The life of his youth had been so rich yet at some point somewhere he had lost himself and forgotten the beauty of walking with G-d in his younger days. He had lost his vision. He was like the blind man who didn’t know his own appearance and could only try to feel and sense his surroundings.

“It’s me, my beloved son. Can you hear me? I love you, Jacob. I love you with an everlasting love.” The Father’s words resounded in the heavens. They were like a soothing ointment that pierced Jacob’s heart with power like thunder.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love…I have drawn you, O virgin of Israel.” Jeremiah 31

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May We Remember

Gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael.com
Gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael.com

In memory of a man who much of the world knew as one defined by and articulating the depths of the suffering which was the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel.
May his memory be a blessing.

Lives were formed and shaped, built and moving forward
In the hopes that the rejection and suspicion,
The paranoia and hatred of the past had finally gone away

Thriving Jewish life and vibrant Jewish communities
Became possible in Europe finally
After centuries of pogroms, pain and persecution
Liberation had come
Equality and freedom had won

Many believed that anti-Semitism
Was finally a thing of the past
Yet this virus of the soul had not died
But remained latent
Waiting for a time to lash out once again

In retrospect, with history behind us
We know when this happened with a vengeance
And most cannot quite comprehend humanity’s ability
To stand in silence, to hate, to allow murder like this

Most do not understand
The degradation and torture of another people
Like was done with Hitler at the helm

Most could not comprehend this happening again
Yet boycotts and hatred run rampant online and offline
They reek of a similar putrid odor
Of that of the thirties in a Germany
That most want to forget

Yet some cannot erase the memory
Of dignity ripped away, family stolen,
Lives lost and humanity crushed

May we remember every Holocaust survivor today
May we pray that G-d himself visit
And reveal Himself to them
As the one who never left them nor forsook them
Despite what their experience has been

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
and my Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are continually before Me.”
Isaiah 49:14-16

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
Out of Egypt I called My son…
I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love,
And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.
I stooped and fed them…
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?
My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.”
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8

Shabbat Shalom to you and to all Israel!

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#IAmTelAviv אניתלאביב#

Writing with sobriety and sadness related to the terror attack in Tel Aviv, Israel on the evening of 8 June 2016 where four were murdered and seventeen wounded while they sat in a cafe having dessert with friends.

Remembering G-d and remembering Israel’s difficulties today.

May G-d bring comfort and shalom to all Israel this Shabbat.

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Want

All we wanted was to spend some time with friends and have a dessert with some coffee, or possibly some dry red wine to wash the chocolate down. We needed to take in the warm summer evening after weeks of running trying to meet our deadlines. It was to be a simple, refreshing evening.

Now we know, it was anything but simple, anything but restful. It was the opposite. Two hate-filled men, who we thought were doing the same as us, sat down nearby, ordered dessert and then opened up their cases, pulled out their guns and began to shoot one individual after another.

A horrific scene: scrambling, running, screaming, tears, blood. Life slipping away for one, two, three, and then four. Many more struggled to keep breathing and stay alive.

May each individual touched by this terrifying event experience comfort from G-d today and in the coming days.

O G-d, what can we do
Help us

Please help Israel
Please help Your people
Please heal, comfort and console Zion today
May You give beauty for ashes today
Would You bestow the oil of joy for mourning
Would You give of your word and your Spirit generously
This Shavuot weekend

Only You can heal wounds of war, terror and trauma
From generations past and of today
Only You can make bring life and hope
In the midst of chaos and suffering

Thank You for remembering Your covenant
Thank You for bringing life and good
Out of death and destruction

Please do what only You, G-d of Israel, can do
For Your people Israel today

Shabbat Shalom to all Israel and to you today.

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We Were Like Those Who Dream

Cheer & Exuberant Joy

Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)
Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)

When Adonai brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us,
And we are glad.

Bring back our captivity, O Adonai,
As the streams in the Negev.

Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126

The survival of the Jewish people and rebirth of the Jewish nation in it’s ancient homeland defies all logic and comprehension. As many would say, it was a miracle of Biblical proportions. That is was. The Psalmist’s words are a beautiful cry of the heart partially fulfilled in this modern day miracle.

The following film footage of the rebirth of the state of Israel is from The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. So moving. The Spielberg Jewish Film Archives – Israel is Reborn

Short History of Israel:
Prior to the rebirth of the modern state of Israel in 1948, the United Nations voted in favor of the Partition Plan on November 29, 1947. The Partition Plan set out to give both the Jews and the Arabs independent states in the area controlled by the British Mandate for Palestine. The Jews accepted the plan while the Arabs did not. Six Arab armies attacked the newly founded Jewish state the day after it was born. This became known as Israel’s War of Independence.

For more of the story, check out one of the links below:

British Mandate for Palestine

and

Israel War of Independence 1948

Note: The Arab “Palestinian” identity is a new identity, only beginning a few decades ago. There was no Arab state prior to Israel in what is now Israel. Palestine was an area of land prior to 1948. The area which had been Provincia Judea was renamed Provincia Syria Palaestina by the Romans in the second century after they sacked Jerusalem. This was an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land and the name was shortened to Palaestina and the anglicized name “Palestine” was derived from it.

Shabbat Shalom!

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