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

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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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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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

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Today’s prompt is:

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

When the LORD brought back
the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
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.

Tehillim/Psalm 126

What a day of dancing and rejoicing this day will be!
The Lord will fully and completely
bring back the captivity of Zion!

The people of Israel will know their G-d
He will be their G-d and they will be his people
in righteousness and truth

There is no question and no doubt
that this will happen
All the nations will look and see
the goodness of the G-d of Israel

There will be no other god
Exalted in that day
The one G-d, the living G-d,
The holy one of Israel will be
Exalted and lifted high
in that day

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Joy is Coming to Zion

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 23: Joy

Our mouths were filled with laughter
Our hearts with joy and singing
as the G-d brought the captive ones of Zion back

Despite the daily difficulties
of Israeli life today
The day of joy and gladness,
The day of triumph and rejoicing
will come one day very soon

It will be in a moment in time and history
One day soon
when Zion sings and shouts
and rejoices in G-d their maker,
The anointed one,
Their deliverer

Joy and life are coming one day soon to Zion
Hope and deliverance,
Healing and righteousness
like a blazing torch
Will be Zion

Jerusalem is his joy
and his great delight
The city of G-d’s choosing forever

I will delight in Jerualem
and take great joy in her singing

Jerusalem will sing
Jerusalem will rejoice
Israel will shine
like the sun
with beauty and strength
One day soon

Jerusalem’s joy will be known
Sooner than we can imagine

Jerusalem, take heart
Your deliverer is coming
Your deliverer is coming soon

Shabbat Shalom to all who are reading!

Dedicated to the sons of Zion, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, all of Israel and to all Jewish people everywhere.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, may you prosper who love her. Tehillim/Psalm 122

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Awaiting David’s Son

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 20: Temporary

One thing is sure
The G-d of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps
and he does not forget his promises
and he cannot be unfaithful to his covenant of love

Israel’s momentary afflictions,
and turmoil
and difficulty
will cease

Israel’s future is bright
Jerusalem will shine
like a lamp that burns
with the salvation of her G-d
Zion will be bright with righteousness

All G-d said will be done
Nothing will stop what
The King of the universe,
The one G-d of heaven and earth
The one G-d of all creation will do

The Holy One of Israel
will keep his promises to Israel
He will finish what he started
with this people

G-d will see his people through
He will deliver Zion
Every word he spoke
will be completed

The earth will see
The deliverance of the sons of Zion

The creation awaits the day of Mashiach
All the sons of man will see
and know
and comprehend
when David’s son comes

All will see
and know
and glorify the Holy one of Israel

Wait,
with hope
and anticipation
and longing
for that day

For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, For Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. Isaiah 62

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Shabbat Shalom

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 16: Green

As the Sabbath comes quickly
for the sons of Israel
May the green of new life spring forth
Despite the difficulty and darkness
Surrounding

O sons of Zion,
Run into the life
for which G-d created you
Find life in him

He is your life
and the length of your days

He is your hope
and your steadfast help

Despite the rage of darkness
and the apathy of the nations
The G-d of Israel is greater
He is higher

No matter who stands against you
Remember who is standing with you

He is your life, O Zion
He is the length of your days
Fall at his feet
in reverence
that the Holy One of Israel
May be exalted

Blessed are you,
O King of the universe
Who creates the fruit of the vine
and brings forth the bread from the earth

Shabbat Shalom, O Israel
May you enter into his shalom this day

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