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Spring

Welcome, all hail to thee! Welcome, young Spring! Thy sun-ray is bright On the butterfly’s wing. Beauty shines forth In the blossom-robed trees; Perfume floats by On the soft southern breeze. Music, sweet music, Sounds ov...

by Eliza Cook

added by halel
1 day ago
Blessings for Chanukah

Blessed art thou, O God our Lord, Who made us holy with his word, And told us on this feast of light To light one candle more each night. (Because when foes about us pressed To crush us all with death or shame, The Lord his priests with cour...

by Jessie E. Sampter

added by naama
1 day ago
The Book

We are the People of the Book, The written page is our salvation; This only from the wreck we took When conquerors crushed our nation. The Holy Book has been our land, Our seed, our sowing and our reaping. How can the stranger unde...

by Jessie E. Sampter

added by naama
1 day ago
The Jewish Year

Our year begins with burnished leaves, That flame in frost and rime, With purple grapes and golden sheaves In harvest time. Our year begins with biting cold, With winds and storms and rain; The new year of the Jew grows old In...

by Jessie E. Sampter

added by naama
1 day ago
Judah Maccabee

Judah Maccabee, Give a sword to me Now, in youth! By the candle’s light Kindled here to-night, Do I vow to fight For the truth. Still the Greeks are here, Still we yield in fear, Cringe and cower. Judah Maccabee, Make my people free Tha...

by Jessie E. Sampter

added by naama
1 day ago
Passover

It’s a far, far road from Egypt To our own, our happy land, From the pyramids of Egypt Built beneath the tyrant’s hand; Its road so strange and marvelous That few can understand. See, the Lord had passed us over For his sign u...

by Jessie E. Sampter

added by naama
1 day ago
The Old Arm-Chair

I love it, I love it; and who shall dare To chide me for loving that old arm-chair? I’ve treasured it long as a sainted prize, I’ve bedew’d it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs; ’Tis bound by a thousand bands to my heart; Not a tie will break...

by Eliza Cook

added by halel
1 day ago
Chanukah

Down-trodden ’neath the Syrian heel Did Zion’s sceptre lie; Her shrine, where once God’s glory flung Its radiance, now wildly rung With pagan revelry. And in the Temple’s secret place, Where once the High Priest bowed In homage to ...

by Marion Hartog

added by halel
1 day ago
The First Snow

Fairy-like on earth advancing, All transforming, all entrancing, Playing on their way and dancing, Soil-untarnished yet, Silver stars from sky are dropping, Little fairies skipping, hopping, On the roofs and turrets popping, Crown...

by Philip M. Raskin

added by naama
1 day ago
The Linnet

Have you heard the linnet trilling, To discover did you try What is hidden in her carol— Does she sing or does she cry? I am singing like the linnet, When my heart does pine and long; Love, and pain, and joy, and sorrow, All a...

by Philip M. Raskin

added by naama
1 day ago
My Tenant

In my youth hope hired In my heart a tent; Promised me a fortune, Never paid her rent. Bankrupt is my tenant— This I know at length— Why then to expel her Do I lack the strength?

by Philip M. Raskin

added by naama
1 day ago
The Miracle

The Rabbi tells his old, old tale, The pupils seated round. “…And thus, my boys, no holy oil In the Temple could be found. The heathens left no oil to light The Lord’s eternal lamp; At last one jar, one single jar, Was found w...

by Philip M. Raskin

added by naama
1 day ago
Legendary Lights

O, the legendary light, Gleaming goldenly in night Like the stars above, Beautiful, like lights in dream, Eight, the taper-flames that stream All one glory and one love. In our Temple, magical— Memories, now tragical— Holy hero-hearts a...

by Alter Abelson

added by halel
1 day ago

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