Once a year we build a place
Where all Jews dwell in a small space
Reliving the long and treacherous hike
Where no resorts were seen in sight
We laid on hard and rocky sand
When would we arrive in our Promised Land?
Among a clan of prideful beggars
Black-market cheats and greedy-bootleggers
And what was the delay of our journey’s goal?
T’was our companion “Pride” within our soul!
Seeking comfort from counterfeit love
Disconnected from Heaven above
Forty years of “hard knocks”
A generation that failed detox
Then Moshe entered heaven’s door
And Yahoshua was assigned the chore
To lead the troops on a trail
Keeping safe the Holy Grail
Today we stand within our Land
Thanks be to all that took a stand
Clear the clutter, clear the mess!
All aboard the Zion Express!
Each day is a fight to UN-install
Rebellion that lingers to fight our call
What we choose is up to us
Humility is our best trust
Striving for what is good and true
Can feel as though we’ve caught the flu
But just because we may feel queasy
Doesn’t mean we should be sleazy
So, we grasp our lulav and shake it like crazy!
Admitting that our lives may seem hazy
Each branch reflecting a character trait
As the etrog shows our fruitful fate
We are unique in many ways
Struggling in this journey’s maize
Letting go of our need to be right
Releasing ego into flight!
Strapping on our life-support
Riding humility is our new sport!
Thanks be to Gd for leading us well
For all our lessons we now can tell
Our children hear so they may know
We aren’t mere actors in a show!
Torah is REAL and ALIVE this day
Within our souls so we won’t stray
No longer are we sad sojourners
Or absent minded slow-learners
Nor are we settlers or occupiers
We are victorious testifiers!
Grasping tight to our Promised Land
Living together hand in hand
Thankful that we have arrived
Too see our blessed nation revived
It’s up to us to carry the Light
Living the Torah of our birthright
Gathering in our booth’s at night
Counting stars reflecting bright
Peace is coming one day soon
All hearts will play a different toon
Until that time may we abide
Knowing that we’ve qualified
And as we await, may we all hear
Moshiach’s footsteps drawing near….