Thursday, May 6, 2021

Musings – Tisha B'Av Personified

Asorof clothed in human flesh

Personified in mortal

Hasmadah so un-quantified

Transcending every portal

 

The essence of hasmada

The sar of the halacha

The source of strength

And wisdom

Klal Yisroel’s bracha

 

The constancy of limud

A never ending zeal

The strength and fortitude

We know

Of Torah breaking steel

 

Kepatish potzaitz sela

The rocks break into pieces

The mayon hamisgaber

Whose water flow increases

 

And thousands came

To hear his words

Or just to see him learn

A source of inspiration

That sparked us all to yearn

 

But through it all

His only care

His only one concern

“How does Klal Yisroel fare?”

And “How did Tosafos learn?”

 

The newsmen spoke the numbers

They came from right and left

But it means nothing to our dor

Orphans now bereft

 

And lo this time of churban

The flames soar way on high

They took the Bais Hamikdosh

And millions who would die

 

And tragedies strike day by day

To each personal blows

And when will all the tzaros end

Indeed nobody knows

 

The threats to the yeshivos

To snatch their precious jewels

On whims and fads

And politics

They now will burn the rules

 

Reminding us

In these three weeks

That churban still does reign

And it will rear

Its ugly head

Inflicting so much pain

 

Klal Yisroel

Had its Mikdosh

Which years ago we lost

And for our crooked

Selfish ways

We still do pay the cost

 

But we had our gedolim

The lights that led the way

And one by one

Those lights grow dim

Another price we pay

 

But we do have our yeshivos

Kol Torah, day and night

And now the forces that we fear

Have set them in their sight

 

Maran, we ask your holy soul

Beseech for Torah’s splendor

For neshamos, holy, pure

For children sweet and tender

 

Ask our Father for His sake

For endless hours learned

For days and nights of horuving

And thousands to you turned

 

Plead for us on your behalf

And the greatness of His Name

Redeem us from this servitude

And save us from this shame

 

Restore the glory

That once was

When Torah reigned supreme

And show the truth to the whole world

Fulfill our only dream

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