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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?
      Judenrein?
      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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