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      The Israel Beat blog is a place for poetry submission, concert announcemnets, upcoming shows and musings on Jewish music. The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast brings you live in-studio performances with up and coming Israeli musicians as well as interviews with the stars of the Jewish music world. Plus your music requests and the free CD give-away air live on the show. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. The Beat with Ben Bresky broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio. For more info email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com.

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      Tevet 7, 5770, 12/24/2009

      Poetry Submission: Prayer for the Fighters of Israel

      Prayer for the Fighters and Soldiers of Israel
      by Edward Francisco Villa

      Know that you are not alone
      While on the battle field
      When under the threat of death
      Even if you are held captive
      Know that your fate lies with your G-d and your people
      For He is your Strength
      Hope and Comfort.
      Remember every morning
      Your creator
      and at night
      His Faithfulness
      Mighty and Strong
      Courageous and Loyal
      until the very end
      That He is your Father
      that will love you and keep you until the end.
      Read and meditate
      on His Torah
      Your Promise given unto you
      Read the Psalms 
      of His beloved David
      whom He forgave and always loved
      Remember G-d's Laws
      Given unto you by His Servant Moshe
      Who interceded on your behalf and only saw the land...
      Even when the enemies of Israel rejoice and jeer
      you have The Almighty who loves you  dear...
      When the world clamors for you to give up on your promise of life on The Land
      You have your Father in Heaven that knows and does not keep His Love from you.
      When a comrade falls
      never forget his love for you and his people
      Remember him in all the good he has done for you and do for him
      valantly and courageously
      in remembrance of his memory.
      The Eternal of Yakkov is always with you
      In Brotherhood shall you dwell
      always remember  in faith and trust
      your G-d who shall never relent in His love nor forget you,
      Sons and Daughters of Israel
      Know that you have one another
      and that in your Father you shall always live.

      # # #

      To submit your poem of Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.

      Tevet 5, 5770, 12/22/2009

      Poem: Tiger- Tribute to the Israel Defense Force

      I am Ethiopian with Jewish descent on my mother's side. I live in Norway. I am lecturer at various universities in Norway in the field of ethnic minorities. I wrote the attached poem which glorifies the Israeli heroes. I was motivated to write this poem as a tribute to Israeli heroes and my grand father who lived most of his life as a fugitive in Ethiopia and one of war heroes during the Ethio-Italian war (1935-1940). Many of the characters I used in the poem shows the harsh situations my Jewish ancestors have gone through and their resilience and heroism in the face of adversity. 
      Leoul Mekonen
      Bete Israel from Oslo



      Tiger: The bold and the beautiful
      by Leoul Mekonen

      A message came to me in a deep sleep
      I dreamt of a Zodiac animal
      With mystical features and qualities
      That has penetrated deep into my soul.

      Then I remembered, the book of Wisdom
      My forefathers’ treasure, the Talmud
      That says a dream is like an unread letter
      It must be interpreted!

      Yes, I dreamt!

      A living symbol of strength,
      A magnificent creature,
      Dressed in a yellow gold-coat
      Full of power and vigour

      Yes I dreamt, I saw!

      The symbol of power and beauty
      Yellow-coat striped in black
      Beneath his embroidered ferocity
      He is polite, calm and frank.

      Concealing his tracks with his paws
      Through dark and dense forest
      The Tiger enters his stride with grace
      In armour of knowledge and faith

      Prowling in a world full of dangers
      Peril, evil, malice and hazards
      Suspiciousness is his trusted compass
      To detect pitfalls and traps

      Oh! Tiger, Tiger!

      You are prudent and alert
      Graceful yet noble in the jungle
      One of a kind in an enigmatic forest
      A courageous and gallant rebel

      Oh! What a talent and beauty?
      A magnetic personality
      Wise men are attracted to you
      Like bees to honey

      Yes I dreamt and I saw Tiger!

      What a noble creature?
      Animal of regal quality
      Symbol of life and death
      An emblem of dignity

      Yes, I dreamt!

      Tiger is like a man of action,
      Love for adventure is his passion
      He aims high and pursues goals
      Defying defeat and temptation

      Yes, Tiger is a man of action!
      The Sinai Commando on a mission
      Who spots the enemy and ambushes alone
      Under stars and a changing moon

      Tiger is a decorated warrior
      Adorned with an innate camouflage
      He surprises those who cross his path
      And encages them with undying courage

      Oh Tiger!

      What a magnificent creature
      With a great leaping agility
      Alert in the grassland or in the snow
      For the sake of territorial integrity

      What a grace? What a noble?
      Tactical fighter in a jungle
      Tracing his enemy and avenging alone
      Overpowering from any angle

      I believe in the Asian Lore!

      Tiger lives between two worlds
      Among the living and the dead
      He visits graves to assure peace
      For fallen heroes who have passed.

      Tiger is often misunderstood!

      He is not only a hunter
      Tactician killer, matador
      But also a vessel of libido
      A flirtatious, sensual lover


      What a power and beauty?
      Tiger is strikingly mystical
      His agony emanates from his nature
      So solitary, proud and territorial

      Tiger is a person of multiple charms
      Attractive, honoured and blessed
      But solitude is the price he pays
      For his loner attitude and pride

      Tiger is a curious scientist
      In his territory and habitat
      His thirst for knowledge insatiable
      His quest for insight is constant

      Oh, Tiger

      Who would refuse to accept?
      Who would reject your philosophy?
      The one that gives you honour
      And your majestic identity

      I have finally gotten the message, Tiger!

      Why you face trials graciously
      For you have long known the very fact
      That there is no adversity without life
      And no life without adversity!

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      To submit your poem of Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.

      Kislev 29, 5770, 12/16/2009

      Poetry Submission: A Modern Maoz Tzur

      Maoz Tzur
      by Ian Heiss

      Mighty Rock I sing your praise,
      G-d my sure salvation.
      Once again the Temple raise,
      May we offer thanks as a nation.
      As one we will be healed and freed,
      From those who practice evil as a deed,
      And joyously, an offering bring,
      In our celebration.

      Pharaoh did oppress my soul;
      Forced labor in brick and mortar.
      From those with hearts as black as coal,
      We were given no quarter.
      Then your right hand and wondrous signs
      Crushed the Pharaoh's grand designs.
      Your outstretched hand, seized his army,
      And buried them beneath the sea.

      To the Temple Mount you led me,
      But I strayed and did forget thee.
      Exiled to strange Babylon,
      Jerusalem we wept upon.
      G-d judged them, their king and priest,
      As their host sat down to their feast,
      Our Shepard led us back again,
      To serve once more as upright men.

      Then the evil Haman sought,
      To hang me on his gallows,
      Yet it was himself he caught,
      And hung by he who hallows.
      With his sons Haman was hung
      Songs of praise to Mordechai were sung.
      The Persian King gave signet ring,
      That the Israelite could sing,

      We broke off the Grecian Chain,
      In the Maccabean fight.
      What little oil that remained,
      Increased to light the holy light.
      It burned eight days instead of one,
      It's light outshone the Grecian Sun
      We endure still by G-d our trust.
      While their men sleep in the dust.

      Lord please shine your holy light,
      And bring us Salvation.
      For each suffering martyr,
      Judge each guilty nation.
      Long we wept a river,
      Now your Jews deliver.
      From heaven,Your seven Sages send,
      Without hesitation.

      # # #

      To submit your poem of Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.

      Kislev 22, 5770, 12/9/2009

      Bruno's Brother Erran Baron Cohen Releases Hanukkah CD

      Now that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is getting press for being sued by a "former terrorist" for his movie Bruno, it may be nice to read about his more musical brother Erran Baron Cohen, who last year released a CD called Songs in the Key of Hanukkah.
      To read about the Bruno terrorist lawsuit click here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/176167
      Erran Baron Cohen Releases Hanukkah Album
      by Ben Bresky December 14, 2008

      (Israelnationalnews.com) "When I was a child I remember my parents used to play an old Hanukkah record with school children singing out of tune and a bad piano player." says Erran Baron Cohen. Now, the musician known for his "world beat fusion" music has released a Hanukkah album that can be enjoyed by children as well as hipsters.

      Songs in The Key of Hanukkah is a compilation album features musicians from the funky rapper Y-Love to the world-beat feel of Yasmin Levy and Idan Reichel to new folk acoustic versions of Rock of Ages. Baron Cohen, whose brother is the star of the hit movie Borat, spoke with Israel National Radio's Ben Bresky about Hanukkah, recording in Germany and cool Jewish music.

      For full interview including photos and podcast click here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128814

      Cheshvan 29, 5770, 11/16/2009

      Chanukah by cool Israeli musicians Adi Ran & more.

      Arutz 7's Hebrew web site has a great series of videos for Chanukah featuring modern cool Israeli musicians. Groovy, funky treatments of Sivivon Sov Sov Sov, and Al HaNissim are a great alterative to children's choirs. These songs are also in rotation on Israel National Radio's English langague live stream

      To watch the videos click here: http://www.inn.co.il/TV/Cat.ashx/6

      Here is the video listing:

      * Mi Yimalel - Elan Damri & Alon Yaffe
      * Banu Choshech Legaresh - A Groyse Metsie
      * Maoz Tzur - Adi Ran
      * Sivivon Sov Sov Sov - Para Aduma
      * Maoz Tzur Breslov nigun - Chilik Frank
      * Ner Li Ner Li - Yair Gadasi
      * Yevanim Yevanim - Yehuda Glantz
      * Al HaNIssim - Udi Davidi

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