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Lee Diamond – MOURNING A NATION

Lee Diamond – MOURNING A NATION

Yes it was our Temple

Yes it was our sovereignty

Yes it was Jerusalem

Yes it was the tears at the

Rivers of Babylon.

Yes it was the pangs of

Separation

And the self blame.

For all of these

We mourned

For all of these

We now focused our direction

For all of these we fasted

For all of these

We felt that יהוה

Had hidden from us.

Had forsaken us.

But the pain was the very glue

That connected us.

We beat our breasts together

As a united nation

Though  divided by space.

The memory of loss kept

Us as a nation

Our prayer was to reunite

In space

To reunite

In time

To reunite In commonality

And יהוה heard from on HIGH

And some  returned

To our nation.

But some remained in Babylon

And pretended to cry for

National loss

But forgot that exile

Was their own preferred choice.

And their tears dried

And their vision blurred

And their direction strayed

And they barely remembered

Zion.

But the greatest tragedy

Was and is the loss of our unique

nationality

The loss of connection

To this glorious people

Of Israel

To its past and present

And the transplanting

Our hearts

Into a different nation.

This is our Tisha bAv 2019

We need to mourn

Our loss of the nation

That we were

And the nation that we are

And must be.

For HE IS

The God of ISRAEL

And WE are the

People of ISRAEL

 

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