Wednesday, November 1, 2023

For All These Things 5784

Singing Is Believing: In April 2018, at the time of Israel's 70th anniversary of independence, the social-musical initiative known as Koolulam (see For All These Things: Israel @ 70) showed us how Yom HaAtzmaut should be done. 

Two Color Giraffes

Ah, the spirit! the love! the music!
Abq Jew thinks we need this now.

As Abq Jew pointed out last week (see The Story Continues), in Israel, there are weddings - many, many weddings - taking place. Acts of resistance. And here, too, in America. 

Simcha - joy - takes precedence over mourning. 


Back in 2018, Abq Jew was tipped off to the Koolulam project by The Times of Israel, which reported

Koolulam, the social singing initiative that’s taken Israel by storm, started celebrating earlier when it gathered 12,000 people, including President Reuven Rivlin, musician Shlomi Shabat, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and MK Gila Gamliel at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena to sing Naomi Shemer’s iconic “Al Kol Eleh,” “For All These Things,” in preparation for Israel’s 70th. 

על כל אלה - על כל אלה
שמור נא לי אלי הטוב
על הדבש ועל העוקץ
על המר והמתוק
אל נא תעקור נטוע
אל תשכח את התקווה
השיבני ואשובה
אל הארץ הטובה

Over all these things, over all these things
Please stand guard for me my good God 
Over the honey and the stinger
Over the bitter and the sweet
Don’t uproot a sapling
Don’t forget the hope
May you return me, and may I return
To the good land  


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