Archive | December, 2015

Maoz Tzur Update

6 Dec

On this eve of Chanukah 5776

Recent events have bloody terror attacks have, I fear, caused many of us to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Despite this pervasive worldwide evil, we still have much celebrate.

It bothers me that we left the Miracle of Chanukah back more than 2000 years ago, without recognizing the great blessing of the State of Israel – the modern fulfillment of Al haNissim.

God has blessed this generation with the military might to defend the lives of our people….our son, Akiva, is a proud commander the Israel Defense Forces. I am proud of him and the thousands of Israeli soldiers who defend our homeland every day – for me, they are a modern extension of the miracle of Chanukah in our days, at this season.

PLEASE pass on these lyrics, and make them a part of your candle lighting on the final night of Chanukah, in recognition of the great miracle of the State of Israel, and the privilege we have been given to defend our right to exist as a nation in our homeland.

אַלְפַּיִם שָׁנָה שֶׁל זִכְרוֹנוֹת

.מֵעוֹלָם לֹא אָבְדָה תִּקְוָתֵנוּ

דּוֹר אַחַר דּוֹר, מֵאֲרָצוֹת שׁוֹנוֹת

.לְצִיּוֹן נָשָׂאנוּ עֵינֵינוּ

חָזַרְנוּ אֶל מוֹלַדְתֵּנוּ, קִבַּצְנוּ גָּלוּיוֹתֵינו

.מְדִינָה וְאוּמָה נַגְשִׁים חֲלוֹמֵנוּ


Alpayim shanah shel zichronot

Me-olam lo avdah tikvateinu

Dor achar dor, me-artzot shonot

Le-Tzion nasanu eyneynu

Chazrnu el moladeteinu, kibatznu galiyoteynu –

Medina ve-umah, nagshim chalomeynu.


Two thousand years of memory

Never losing hope in our destiny.

Age after age, in many a land

We raised our eyes to Zion’s sand.

Back now in our ancient home

Though once dispersed we need no longer roam

 Jewish State and Nation Great , we dream of peace, ose shalom.