to Ponder Number 54
Camp David and the City of David
at the Kotel, the Wailing Wall.
stands next to me,
no time, no clock, no early or later.
to Zion is unprecedented,
the Babylonian and the Persian conquered the world with much noise,
pomp and splendour and disappeared.
never left Israel. He was driven out against his will.
It is only the Jews who keep on praying for its rebuilding, for two thousand years and no other nation.
It is only the Jews who mourn for two thousand years for its destruction and no other nation.
It is only the Jews who fast and sit on the floor for two thousand years on the day the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and no other nation.
It is only the Jews who for two thousand years break a glass under their marriage canopy out of sorrow for Jerusalem and no other their nation.
It is only the Jews who for two thousand years build a house and leave one part of the wall unplastered because of the loss of their Temple and no other nation.
It is only the Jews whose women do not wear all their jewelry at once out of reverence for the destruction of Jerusalem and no other nation.
It is only the Jews who cover their dead with the dust of Israel when they bring their dear ones to their last resting-place outside the land of Israel and no other nation.
Is not every Jewish house in exile a piece of Israel on foreign ground?
This is the history, the reality and the future of Israel.
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
web pages contain articles that deal with the subjects raised in this
Reproduction of this poem is permitted when printed in full.
Go to the top of the page.