Be a Light, O Israel!

Michael Peach

Be a light, O Israel, as the prophet urged,
And show the world what faith in right can do:
Renounce the Occupation; thus be purged,
Be blessed with great integrity anew.
He saw the crux of chosenness is choice,
For knew he that, through freedom’s might, we could
Decide to hearken to the Maker’s voice;
Reject the evil impulse, choose the good.
To keep a democratic Jewish state
(A synthesis creative and profound)
We must resist the theocratic fate,
Where Torah’s letter sans its spirit’s found.
    Dispel the dark the settlers have evoked;
    Accept peace-calls, before they be revoked.


7 November 2010

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