You of Blood and Venom: A Prayer of the Jewish People

By: 
Alden Solovy
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This prayer is a declaration that the Jewish people will survive. The Hebrew stanza is from Psalm 121.

You will not succeed,
You of hate,
You of violence,
You of blood and venom.

My people have seen your kind
For generations,
For millennia.
We have stood before guns and knives,
Gallows and gas chambers,
To outlive our persecutors.
Greece fell. Rome faded.
The Inquisitions, the Pogroms,
The Treblinkas and the Babi Yars,
All failed.
The people of Israel live.
The nation of Israel lives.

Hinei lo-yanum v’lo yishan shomer Yisrael!
Adonai yishmarekha mikol-ra, yishmor et-nafshecha.
See, the guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps!
God shall keep you from all evil, God will keep your soul.

No, you will not succeed,
You of hate,
You of violence,
You of blood and venom.

Am Yisrael chai!
The people of Israel live.
The nation of Israel lives.

© 2019 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com.

 

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. His writing also appears in several CCAR Press publications, including two anthologies of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day, and his latest book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings.

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