Jerusalem of Gold, by Naomi Shemer/
Jerusalem of Pain, Fear and Hope by Rabbi Sharon L Sobel
The mountain air is clear as wine
The city air is thick as smoke
And the scent of pines
And the scent of blood and terror
Is carried on the breeze of twilight
Is carried on the lips of those at dawn
With the sound of the bells.
With the wails of the sirens and the cries of the innocent.
And in the slumber of tree and stone
No tree can slumber, no stone remain silent while the river of blood spills forth on the ground.
Captured in her dream
She remains captured – but no longer in a dream. She is captured in a cycle of violence with no end in sight.
The city that sits solitary
Because the world remains silent: is not Jewish blood red? Is not Druze blood red?
And in its midst is a wall.
A wall of hatred, a wall of suffering, a wall of injustice, a wall of violence, a wall of terror.
And yet..we are a people of hope. Jerusalem means “Iyr shel Shalom – City of Peace”. So hope must prevail.
Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light.
Behold I am a violin for all your songs.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may those who love you be at peace. May there be well-being within your ramparts, peace in your citadels. (Psalm 122:6-7)