Around two thousand years ago
burnt-offerings and cheers had to go.
The exile was the event we had to blame;
prayers were memorised and won great fame.
Without the meats from the holy temple,
Jews gave sweet treats to the head temple.
The temple between the eye and ear;
the temple that listened to bye and fear.
Jerusalem and the holy shrine.
Jerusalem of the hearts shine.
Judaism democratised the Biblical word;
it spread throughout the known world.
Turning the clock back
will bring us more lack.
If Solomon visited Jerusalem of old
and Solomon visited Jerusalem of present gold; * (ירושלים של זהב)
Solomon would have preferred Jerusalem of today – I have been told,
because Jerusalem of old might have been a bit too cold?
Would Rabbi Akiva and his 24.000 Torah students
have been sponsored with modern life menorah prudence?
Would the yidden and the old shtetl wife
have been happier than the new yeshuv life?
Would the land have been greener in the old days?
Let’s be honest and celebrate our new ways.