Friday, December 23, 2011

A Bold New Policy for the Zionists

       I'd like to suggest several positive improvements in policy for the Zionist movement, and the government of the State of Israel.

       But I'll restrict myself to only one.  This one is really simple, easy to implement, and will have positive effects immediately.

       Change your national anthem.  "Hatikvah" ("The Hope") is fine, but really, you can do much better.

       Switch to the one posted here: it's a natural upgrade.  (It's what "The Hope" is all about, anyway.)  Music and lyrics have been tested by time.  You can translate it into Hebrew, Yiddish, and Arabic.  Sing it in your synagogues, mosques, and churches.  Sing it on your streets, in your coffee houses, on your hills.  Sing it in Galilee, in Jerusalem, in the Negev.  It's great with full orchestra.  It's great with just guitars.  Even little kids can manage it.

       Lyrics here.  Music at the links below.

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a Child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.

By Thine own Eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious Throne.

      Let the New Anthem be adopted immediately.  Sing it on all the Feast Days -- Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, Passover, and the rest.  All of them.  It's always great.

      Also great for Ramadan.  Or let it begin at the Feast of the Holy Nativity.  Or today.

      Feel the change!

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       Purely instrumental versions here.      

You can find many great adaptations on You Tube. Here, for one.

As always, comments welcome.  

1 comment:

  1. The problem for the Zionists, of course, is not that Jesus claimed to be Messiah (which he is), but that his teachings and example are disturbingly bad for business as usual.

    And if his teachings weren't bad enough on their own, believing them has a peculiar and decidedly un-lucrative effect -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control.