As Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi so passionately expressed, לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָב
When I was a young girl,
not many years after The Six Day War, I composed this Poem For Israel, to the tune of Exodus* as a prayer for peace. I found myself singing it, and it seems to be calling to be heard.
God Gave This Land To Me!
G-d gave this land, this ancient land to me.
And not to fight my enemy
But to use our hearts and souls
And to study Torah scrolls
Is Why G-d gave me this land.
G-d, King of the Universe
Gave me this land not to be cursed
But to care for others
Daughters, sons, wives, and mothers
Because they lost their fathers, husbands,
In the war.
And those children, wives, and mothers
Have no love for any others.
G-d gave this land, this ancient land to me
And not to fight all those others
Because those others are our brothers
So they’re not my enemies.
And if we study Torah scrolls
And use our hearts and souls
Those sons, sisters, wives, and mothers
Will have some fathers, husbands, and brothers
And we would not have to fight
Those Others… who are our
May the young child in us never give up hope!
May we and our children and our children’s children know love and peace!
*Exodus Movie’s Main Theme