5779: Year in Review

Another year has left us

A year has passed us by

Looking back at the bizarre

I just cannot but cry

 

Whatever that has happened

And all that did transpire

We know, of course, was put in play

By a Force Who’s so much higher

 

Whether in our politics

Across the USA

Or how they vote in Israel

We’ll figure out one day

 

All the news you heard this year

The source all did begin

Last year Rosh Hashanah

On that great Yom Hadin

 

Poway, Pittsburgh, shootings

Those murderous attacks

Hate crimes rising against Jews

In Crown Heights by the blacks

 

Tragedies that shook our souls

Young lives snatched so young

Filled with tears, our eyes so wet

A mournful song was sung

 

Who shall drown in water?

And who shall pass in fire?

We sadly learned the answers

Those questions we’d inquire

 

Whether in a water park

Whether on a bike

The passing of a yungerman

A young boy or a tyke

 

The pain this year almost each week

Would cause us all to cry

Pleading that Hashem will say

Letzaroseinu, dai!

 

Across the spectrum chaos reigned

Fake News making facts

Libels on yeshivos

And claims of anti-vax

 

Two votes done in Israel

And still we do not know

Muller working two full years

And with nothing to show

 

Impeach! Indict! They yell and shout

As politicians plod

Invectives and divisiveness

From three they call “The Squad”

 

On all our minds, Siyum Hashas!

All we’d see and hear

And yes, my friends, three months away

Indeed, it’s drawing near

 

Bridging all of Klal Yisroel

Bridging every gap

Learning through each medium

Of course, without the App!

 

Hate rising in politics

Lakewood, Ramapo

Scary just to think it sounds

Like eighty years ago

 

Gedolim who have left us

Orphans once again

Rav Avrohom Chaim Levin

The rebbe of Skulen

 

Mechanchim of such magnitude

Some famous some unknown

Rabbis Trenk, Bauman, Traube

and Goldberg

And of course Rav Kolman Krohn

 

R’ Yoseph Herman left us

He wrote the Chodosh Guide

Rav Elimelech Bluth is gone

Was at Rav Moshe’s side

 

Rav Nosson Kamenetzky’s gone

Indeed, I am afraid

That we may never know the truth

Of how gedolim are made

 

Celebrate a century

Rav Wilhelm’s aspiration

A standard set, Torah Vodaas

For every generation

 

Hackers hacking every week

Ransoming for data

The problem’s just beginning

They say it will get greater

 

Each year, the news, it does get worse

The golus comes on stronger

I do not know how we can last

If this way lasts much longer

 

When churches burn

And mosques are bombed

Yes, that it makes the news

Defiling a synagogue?

Who cares? It’s just the Jews

 

We hope for comfort in this year

Together we all pray

Moshiach will arrive this year

Yes! This year, Tof Shin Pey!