Avi Schwartz

Hold On For Dear Life Number 987867

I am crawling to the electric barbed wire.
I see gliding in the wind is the ashes of my family from the crematorium fire
There is nothing left to aspire
My sanity is caught in the crossfire.

Just six months ago I was one for a good time
And now all that is mine are victims of crime.
I must hold on for dear life.
Yet I want the barbed wire to cut my wrist like a knife

But the glass of wine of life must be refilled
The end cannot be like this. I cannot stand still.
I must hold on for dear life. The door of death I must close.
Yet all I loved is destroyed. Crushed like sand is my rose.

I must hold on for dear life.
Help me to hold on for dear life.
Near the barbed wire, I am about to touch,
the faces of my love ones appear and tell
me, “You must guard. You must watch.”

As I place my soul on the barbed wire
a bird flies near. Eye to eye I become the bird
I will fly. I will soar. I will scream. I will be heard.
My family, friends and all my Nation will not be a herd
to be slaughtered, to be ashes in the wind.
I swear the world will never again be dumb, deaf and blind.

Hold on for dear life!
I am not number 987867!
I am Yitzhak, son of Avraham, a child of Heaven!
I will right this evil transgression.
Hold on for dear life.
I am the Jew of 4000 years
of endless tears.
Hold on for dear Life!

About the Author
Rabbi Avi Schwartz is an individual who has made contributions in various fields. He is the son of Motke Eish HaGarzen, also known as Motke the Axeman, a legendary figure in the Palmach. Motke Eish HaGarzen led a group of 21 Palmach Warriors who successfully conquered Har Tzion (Mount Zion), rescuing 1,700 Jewish men, women, and children from the Jordanian onslaught in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Rabbi Schwartz himself is a Black Hat Rabbi and activist, dedicated to upholding Jewish traditions and values. Alongside his religious pursuits, he has also found success as a filmmaker and writer, with his works featured on platforms such as Red Coral Universe Apple TV, Tubi of Fox Corporation, and Netflix. Notably, Rabbi Schwartz's movie "The Quest" has received high praise from none other than Pat Boone, a Music and Hollywood Icon. Boone, known for his illustrious career as a singer, actor, and television personality, has publicly commended Rabbi Schwartz's film, acknowledging its quality and significance. This endorsement from Pat Boone further solidifies the impact and recognition of Rabbi Schwartz's work within the entertainment industry. Beyond his artistic endeavors, Rabbi Schwartz has been at the forefront of the battle against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He has developed two groundbreaking apps, "Fight BDS" and "BDS Myth Busters," aimed at countering BDS propaganda and raising awareness about the realities of the movement. The notable Hollywood icon and anti-BDS activist, Roseanne Barr, sponsors the app "BDS Myth Busters." Additionally, Rabbi Schwartz holds the position of Vice President of Digital Marketing and serves as the Director of Energycite, a revolutionary technology in energy conservation. His involvement in this field highlights his commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Furthermore, Rabbi Schwartz has established the Torah Teen Palmach Center, a transformative initiative that trains teenagers to become future leaders in the spirit of the Palmach. Through this center, he imparts invaluable leadership skills and instills the values of courage, determination, and resilience in the next generation.
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