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      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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