In all the places we can choose

Poor Finland has but 1500 Jews.

1200 in Helsinki, 200 in Turku, but those who like fresh air

Will settle with the 50 Jews who make home in Tampaire

I’ve never been to Suomi, the homeland of the Finns,

A land of freezing snow and ice but also charming inns.

Jews came at first from Russia and then they settled there

Among the Finns who welcomed them

And treated them quite fair.

Some came from Denmark and Sweden too

And settled in a land that had not known a Jew.

The Jews survived. Their faith did not diminish

The hardest part for all the Jews was learning to speak Finnish.

The Jews learned Finnish cooking and made a special dish

The native Finns adored it and called it gefilte fish.

For Shabbat the Jews made cholent with beans and lots of meat

And sold it in the market for other Finns to eat.

Most Jews have been protected, the Finns do seem to care

And anti-Jewish actions are considered very rare.

In 2011, Ben Zyskowicz, the first Finnish Jew in parliament

Was assaulted and attacked by an anti-Semite who was sent

By a small group who disliked Jews

And the attack was featured in the Finnish news.

But with all events both thick and thin

The Jews in Finland are proud to be Finn.

Of synagogues in Finland there are but two

Quite enough for every Jew.

While in Suomi Jews are plenty

In Israel there are some twenty.

In Finland’s land they do their duty

Taking pride in a land of beauty.

Though they love their snow and ice

It’s not for me… For me the sun is always nice.

So much for Suomi, nothing new,

I’ve never met a Finnish Jew.

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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