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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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      Tishrei 28, 5770, 10/16/2009

      Poetry Submission: Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

      Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
      by Stella Barbut

      "Do not say 'peace' when I have not sent you.
      Yet everybody is praying for the peace of Jerusalem!
      Which Jerusalem?
      International? Christian? Muslim?
      Which version of peace?
      International? Christian? Muslim?
      Jews tolerated?

      Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
      Whose peace?
      International? Christian? Muslim?
      But boycott Israel!
      Blood libel Israel?
      Accuse her of war crimes!
      Try her in international courts
      For the terrible 'sin' of defending herself!
      But pray! pray! pray! For the peace of Jerusalem!

      "When they shall say peace, suddenly..."
      "Jerusalem, a burdensome stone..." poised...
      "To break in pieces.."
      "Jerusalem, a cup of trembling "
      A trembling cup held in trembling Jewish hands
      While myriad other greedy, grasping hands
      Try to snatch the "cup of trembling"
      Out of the trembling Jewish hands!
      When "Jerusalem, the burdensome stone"
      Has broken in pieces and swept away
      These other greedy, grasping hands,
      The word will go out
      Say Peace! Pray Peace for Jerusalem!
      Feel the benediction of Peace
      My Beloved! My Jerusalem!
      Forever Beloved!

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

      Tishrei 24, 5770, 10/12/2009

      Poetry Submission: Macaroon by Julie C. Judes

      by Julie C. Judes 
      I need to eat another macaroon,
      Yes, it's way, way, way too soon,
      I know I should wait until a bit later,
      When it's the tail end of the seder.

      But I can taste it, soft and chewy,
      Tasting even better than chop suey,
      All through the reading of the Haggadah,
      I think to myself, "I've gotta, I've gotta!"

      No one knows what's under the table,
      Stacked on a plate so I am able,
      To sneak one quickly from my lap,
      And stuff it into my waiting trap. 

      Yes, the gefilte fish is delicious,
      The roast chicken highly nutritious,
      The matzah ball soup is very good,
      And I eat and smile as I know I should.

      But nothing compares to the cookies I crave,
      Although I eat plenty, and I rave and I rave,
      I need a macaroon and I need it now,
      You tell Bubbie, and there'll be a big row!

      For more information visit www.juliesfineart.com

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


      Tishrei 16, 5770, 10/4/2009

      Simchat Beit HaShoeva for Women Only with Nomi Teplow

      "Do yourselves a favor and listen... In her music there is delicacy, tenderness, and attention to the inner voice, the one that always knows before we do." - Maariv NRG

      Nomi is very polished…The energy on stage at the Duhal Amphitheatre…[southern Tel Aviv] can light up the entire Ramat Gan [city north of Tel Aviv]."- Shai Lahav, Maariv, Weekend Magazine

      "...the audience is riveted with wonder for she sets a different standard, higher than anything else known to date."
      -Roni Maimon, Besheva

      Sunday Night, October 4th, 2009
      El HaLev Center on the roof – 2 Poalei Tzedek (Pierre Koenig 37), Talpiot, Jerusalem

      The show will feature songs from Nomi's new CD "Like A Rushing Spring", some of her popular hits and some songs we all know.
      After the show -- A pull-out-the-stops dance!

      The band:
      Keyboards: Orit Dukler, Guitars: Daniella Boss, Drums: Michal Rahat, Bass: Hadas Trainin

      Special Guests – Two Rising Stars:
      1. Avital Macales - a leading member of the "Raise Your Spirits" Theatre Company and star of the movie "Sandcastles."
      2.Yael Gil - A young singer and conductor who has graced Israel's stages for years, as a backvocalist for Nomi and more recently in various projects. Yael holds a BA in voice from the Rubin Academy of Music and is in the midst of a Masters program in conducting.

      Nomi's daughters, Ilana and Hadas Teplow will join her in a moving 3-part rendition of Steve Dropkin's "Oseh Shalom".

      Tickets: 50 NIS Pre-Sale, 55/65 NIS students at the door.
      To order tickets call: Avigail: 050-6415054

      נעמי טפלו/Nomi Teplow

      Tishrei 11, 5770, 9/29/2009

      Poetry Submission: HaKotel Sheli (My Wall)

      HaKotel Sheli (My Wall)
      by Shifra Hoffman

      At this special time of the High Holidays, when multitudes of people come to the Kotel Ma'aravi, I thought it would be propitious to send this poem.  Although it was written more than two decades ago, I believe it is eternally timely and relevant.  
           I am drawn to you, my wall
           Not just from sense of duty
           Nor truth to tell, by beauty...
          For should one gaze at you
                With only naked eye
          And not with love... as I
          Perhaps they see no more than
                   Weathered stone...
          Surviving...all alone!
          Yet, I perceive beyond your hewn
           The anguished cries to G-d
            Which centuries of prejudice and hate
            Have brought within your gate.
           I see ensconced within your
              Crevices and seams
           My people's prayers and dreams
           That tenderly, you cherish and
            And time cannot erase!
            Then I rejoice, and feel an inner
            For just as you defy the foe
            Of every generation
            So will the  jewish nation
                   Ever proudly stand
                         In our G-d given land!
      (c)1985) hoffmanshifra@gmail.com

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

      Tishrei 9, 5770, 9/27/2009

      Poetry Submission - Yom Kippur by Sarah Feld

      Yom Kippur
      by Sarah Feld (c)

      a worm
      in the court of the King -
      how dare i stand
      in Your presence?
      how dare i assume
      that i may stand?

      a look within
      reveals unfinished efforts
      deficient attempts.
      how can i approach You
      with such inadequacy?
      i wanted to do more,
      be more
      by now –
      if not now, when???

      lacking lucid perspective
      i hover pathetically
      in the abyss
      between perception
      and bewilderment –
      failing to comprehend.

      commendable deeds,
      so few, sporadic.
      i desperately
      need to know
      what should I do now?
      and after?

      In essence,
      on this erev Yom Kippur
      I stand before you,
      without understanding
      After many years
      of seeking wisdom
      I don’t know what to do
      but bring my lowliness
      before You
      and beg for mercy.

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

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