Surveying the Jewish Multitudes

Some of my poetry about the State of Israel, written in the 1980s (also appears in my book Before Our Very Eyes: Readings for a Journey Through Israel)

Surveying the Jewish Multitudes

Rejoice, O Jerusalem
your streets are filled again
with children! Proud children.
Be joyous, Mother Rachel,
your children have come home!

Home. Such a foreign word
to the refugee from Argentina,
the Vizhnitzer chossid,
the Jew from Bulgarian cities.
That you are home,
and there is no more need to hide
and steal across the border,
is the stuff of Jewish lullabies.
When the planes at Lod
crowd with long lost sons
and daughters,
truth and freedom blur
near disbelief.

Tiberias and Yavneh,
raise your voices!
Masada burst your rocks
with song,
for we are home!

About the Author
Danny Siegel is a well-known author, lecturer, and poet who has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on Tzedakah and Jewish values, besides reading from his own poetry. He is the author of 29 1/2 books on such topics as Mitzvah heroism practical and personalized Tzedakah, and Talmudic quotes about living the Jewish life well. Siegel has been referred to as "The World's Greatest Expert on Microphilanthropy", "The Pied Piper of Tzedakah", "A Pioneer Of Tzedakah", and "The Most Famous Unknown Jewish Poet in America."
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