We Were Like Those Who Dream

Cheer & Exuberant Joy

Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)
Picture taken from Israel Reborn by I. Klinov (Editor), I. M. Lask, M. Caraco (Translators)

When Adonai brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us,
And we are glad.

Bring back our captivity, O Adonai,
As the streams in the Negev.

Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126

The survival of the Jewish people and rebirth of the Jewish nation in it’s ancient homeland defies all logic and comprehension. As many would say, it was a miracle of Biblical proportions. That is was. The Psalmist’s words are a beautiful cry of the heart partially fulfilled in this modern day miracle.

The following film footage of the rebirth of the state of Israel is from The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. So moving. The Spielberg Jewish Film Archives – Israel is Reborn

Short History of Israel:
Prior to the rebirth of the modern state of Israel in 1948, the United Nations voted in favor of the Partition Plan on November 29, 1947. The Partition Plan set out to give both the Jews and the Arabs independent states in the area controlled by the British Mandate for Palestine. The Jews accepted the plan while the Arabs did not. Six Arab armies attacked the newly founded Jewish state the day after it was born. This became known as Israel’s War of Independence.

For more of the story, check out one of the links below:

British Mandate for Palestine


Israel War of Independence 1948

Note: The Arab “Palestinian” identity is a new identity, only beginning a few decades ago. There was no Arab state prior to Israel in what is now Israel. Palestine was an area of land prior to 1948. The area which had been Provincia Judea was renamed Provincia Syria Palaestina by the Romans in the second century after they sacked Jerusalem. This was an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land and the name was shortened to Palaestina and the anglicized name “Palestine” was derived from it.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Ani Ma’amin אני מאמין at Auschwitz

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Ani Ma’amin Prayer אֲנִי מַאֲמִין at Auschwitz

A Prayer of the Jewish People

Ani ma’amin b’emunah sh’leimah b’viat hamashiach, v’af al pi sh’yitmameah, im kol zeh achakeh lo b’chol yom sheyavo.
אֲנִי מַאֲמִין בֶּאֱמוּנָה שְׁלֵמָה בְּבִיאַת הַמָּשִֽׁיחַ, וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיִּתְמַהְמֵֽהַּ, עִם כָּל זֶה אֲחַכֶּה לּוֹ בְּכָל יוֹם שֶׁיָּבוֹא.

I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and, though he tarry, I will wait daily for his coming.

Translation from The Standard Prayer book by Simeon Singer (1915) (public domain)

Based on the twelfth of Rambam’s thirteen principles of faith.

Ani Ma’amin plays at the beginning of the permanent exhibition Shoah in Block 27 at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland which was designed by Yad Vashem Institute.

Video/Audio of Exhibit & more info at Artist Website:

Original Sound Recording: The Ankor Choir, Dafna Ben-Yohanan.
Artist Design: © Copyright 2013 Hagit Shimoni

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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Shoah Exhibit & Website:

Just When

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Just when I thought I had found my niche,
Not even just my niche
Rather my calling

Just when I landed my life in measure
Despite the disappointments
The surety of the knowing became comfortable

Just then

You came and shifted things all around
You changed it all up in a moment
In just a moment
You made a way
Where I thought there was no way

Just when I thought I had to figure it out
Wrestle it through
Be frustrated to no end
or hopefully be frustrated to a good end

You came
You breathed
You spoke
You answered where I had barely asked

My expectations blown out of the water
Once again
By the G-d who is far more moved by me
Than I will ever fully comprehend

Link for Sharing: http://www.desireisrael.com/2016/05/20/just-when/

Mystery of Israel

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

The prompt is:



Falling headlong
Into ideas that once
I could not have imagined

Nearly everything I had come to believe
Called into question again
All I had perceived
Allowed to be readdressed again

Who would have thought
Learning here,
Teaching there,
Arguing and pressing,
Pushing and pulling
That so much more would be yet to comprehend

Who is Israel?
Outstanding in the number of mentions
In the book I held so dear
Yet never addressed
By a teacher or a leader or a mentor or a friend

How much did I have to grow and learn
When it came to Israel
And her people
And her history

Mind blown,
Heart moved
As the mystery emerges

Link for Sharing: http://www.desireisrael.com/2016/05/13/mystery-of-israel/