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Zionists


Considering the 10th Commandment,
Don't covet!




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Zionists



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The Ten Commandments Guidebook



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Spiritual and practical ways
to self-struggle
with our Ten Commandments


Copyright © Michael Alan Ross, 2004-2015.
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Michael A. Ross, a post-denominational, American Jew, and author of the newly published, The Ten Commandments Guidebook elucidates both spiritual, practical, and fun ways to self-struggle with our Ten Commandments. Mr. Ross uses his creative poetry, prose, and lyrics to construct modern midrashim and piyyutim, prosaic and poetic commentaries. Rabbi Ellen Pildis, a post-denominational rabbi, offers praise of his text on the book's back cover. In re-Visiting The Ten Commandments , Mr. Ross finds meaningful and unusual ways to sing about, to wax poetic, to constructively criticize, and to praise in light of our Commandments. Mr. Ross also is author of BostonWalks' The Jewish Friendship Trail Guidebook 6 Self-guided Jewish History Walk Tours of Downtown Boston. His writings are drawn from a lifetime of Jewish American experiences.
Here is an example of his orginal historical poem, Zionists which considers the 10th Commandment, Don't covet, in the following verses:







Zionists

Copyright Michael Alan Ross 2004-2015. All rights reserved.



Jewish nationalism replayed among pogroms and tears,
From Tsarist sponsored massacres and Jewish fears,
From Nazi barbarism and Holocaust years,
Jews arose en masse to reclaim what was theirs,
Their Israel, their holy land, their contract with God.


While Jews had been scattered, some always remained,
Teachers, students, farmers, peasants on the Land,
Hoping and Praying for a Messianic command,
To rebuild King Solomon's Temple,
To restart the temple rites,
To retread to Jerusalem as pilgrims,
To re-covenant with holiness,


It was secular Jews who led the return,
Herzl, Weizmann, Brandeis, Jabotinsky,
Ben Gurion, Meir, Dizengoff and many others,
Who courageously demanded this place for Jews.


Centuries had not dampened hopes.
For millennia, Jews had prayed toward Jerusalem.
Centuries had not dampened charity.
For millennia, monies had been sent to the Land.


In face of murders, expulsions, rapes, and tortures,
Jews bore all with prayers to God,
Saying we are a nation, a people with laws,
Aren't we to be blessed on our own sod,
As neighbors with others who also were there,
Jews, Christians, Arabs, Druze, Bedouins,
In a democratic endeavor to live without fear,
Sharing the pears, oranges, olives and lemons?


Some did agree to be good neighbors.
Others saw Jews as intruders rather than returnees.
Jews tried to make peace whenever attacked.
It was hard to turn Arab animosity and mythology back.


In the 20s and 30s, Arabs attacked mercilessly.
In the 40s and 50s, Arab nations joined in.
Let's wipe out the Jews, their leaders decree,
Then the Middle East will be Jew free!


Jews fought harder for their nation,
Losing so many lives,
To be allowed to live free,
On one small piece of land.


In the 60s and 70s, Arab nations attacked again.
Again, Jews fought back vigorously.
What choice did they have?
With so many dead, bittersweet was Jewish victory.


In the 80s and 90s, Arabs returned to terrorism.
It was like the 20s and 30s once more.
Similarly, Jews again offered to share,
One small piece of land, Jews so wanted to be fair.


22 Arab nations and millions of Arabs,
Still begrudging Jews a miniscule home,
Argue Jews are usurpers, not natives like them,
Ignore reality that both were here before.


Jews still are willing to share their small space,
But won't tolerate Arabs disdaining their race.
If Jews accept Arabs why can't Arabs accept Jews?
Isn't it past time to meet together face-to-face?


Why can't Arabs also accept their brothers and sisters?
How much land Arabs could share with each other?
Saudi Arabia alone could invite so many to partake,
Of its vast riches of money and sandbake.


Jews chose democracy based on their texts.
Torah and Talmud advise to choose the best.
Jews chose nationhood with their brit.
Morality under God, that's the best writ.


Jews aren't going anywhere.
Israel is their home.
Their strength and compassion will continue to loom,
Over anguish and despair.


The people of Israel have traveled everywhere,
But only one place was where they were born.
With their lives and their Torah,
The people of Israel will live on.









Midrashim and Piyyutim!


Mr. Ross' poetry about the Ten Commandments, his prosaic warm memories of family life, and his lyrical voicing of social concerns can be called by the Hebrew words piyyutim and midrashim, poems and commentaries, which offer uplifting, spiritual and, sometimes, simply appreciative or challenging interpretations. In addition, Mr. Ross offers many suggestions for the reader to consider in struggling with the Ten Commandments, making this Guidebook a fine teaching tool, usable not only for its inspirational reading but also for its suggestions of good deeds.
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