Yom Kippur, forty years ago: Lu Yehi

Whatever it is about decadal anniversaries, they seem to affect everyone. Hence today’s commemoration of Israel’s Yom Kippur War when the Syrians, etc. attacked a few hours after sundown and into the high holy day.

It was a near thing, especially in the Golan Heights, where the relic hulks of a few destroyed Syrian and Israeli tanks remain at strategic points on the landscape as permanent reminders.

Snoopy the Goon’s preferred reminder is Lu Yehi (May it be):  “…written by our late and much beloved Naomi Shemer 40 years ago, during the war, is part of our collective inheritance and is forever associated with that war.”

Go there and listen. Here are the lyrics in English.

 

ALL WE PRAY FOR
There is still a white sail on the horizon
Opposite a heavy black cloud
All that we ask for – may it be 

And if in the evening windows
The light of the holiday candles flickers
All that we seek – may it be

May it be, may it be – Please – may it be
All that we seek – may it be.

What is the sound that I hear
The cry of the shofar and the sound of drums
All that we ask for – may it be

If only there can be heard within all this
One prayer from my lips also
All that we seek – may it be

May it be…

Within a small, shaded neighborhood
Is a small house with a red roof
All that we ask for, may it be

This is the end of summer, the end of the path
Allow them to return safely here
All that we seek, may it be

May it be…

And if suddenly, rising from the darkness
Over our heads, the light of a star shines
All that we ask for, may it be

Then grant tranquility and also grant strength
To all those we love
All that we seek, may it be

May it be…

 

 

May you have an easy fast tonight and tomorrow as you think of these things.

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