Weeping By the Waters

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. By the streams of the Jordan I sit and weep when I remember the conflicts in the new Zion.

A former President and a former Prime Minister in prison. Corruption, fraud and sexual scandals among members of the Knesset, government and military and the rabbinate.

Israeli extremists who, by their untoward actions, bring shame and disgrace upon our people and nation.

Racism and intense religious divisiveness. Discrimination against the Women of the Wall, religious Jewish women who want only to be accorded the right and privilege to pray at our sacred and historic site, to remember Zion.

Stupidity in the appointments of our diplomats to countries which do not wish to receive them.

Fractions within our Prime Minister’s own Likud party.

Dissention. Sanctioning those members of our Knesset whose words and actions do not conform to the set standards for elected representatives.

Struggles against unfair United Nations one-sided positions on our conflict with the Palestinians.

Breakdown in our previous strong ties with the American administration.

Conflicts regarding a soldier’s alleged self-defense in a Hebron killing.

Battles with the anti-Zionist BDS elements worldwide.

The murky waters of the streams of the Jordan cannot wash away nor purify. Only the good-will of well-intended people can cleanse us of unnecessary disputes, hatred, prejudice , corruption and crime.

Once we wept by the rivers of Babylon crying “how can we sing the Lord’s song in an alien land?”

Now, once again restored to Zion, how can we sing the Lord’s song… a song of praise, of harmony, of unity, peace and of brotherly love?

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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