Five more stars

“Hear O Israel, the Lord is One”
This they whispered, with the rising sun
And the words commanded, were in their hearts
When their silent prayer was torn apart
With a cry to Allah, G-d, by another name
But this with intent to murder and maim
And this house of learning, hope and prayer
Was filled with fear, death and despair
And as sadness descends, reopening scars
Tonight we will see five more stars.

As a nation we mourn for those we never knew
It is strange what you feel for a fellow Jew
Whose life was taken this chilly November
A date that now we will always remember
And our thoughts are now with them, their children and wife
How will they now celebrate life?
Was it written in stone that this was their fate?
To leave this world in bloodshed and hate?
And as we look to heaven, this autumn night
We will count five more stars, shining bright.

Forgive me, Lord, for doubting your will
But these five men had more of life to fulfill
With little children to raise and wake and dress
And place hands on their heads on Sabbath to bless
I fear, dear Lord, that you took them too soon
These five new stars, up there with the moon.

(Written after the 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack)

Paul Mirbach

Posted by Paul Mirbach

Paul Mirbach was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Being active in Habonim, he became a Zionist at an early age. At the age of sixteen he left home and moved to south Africa to finish his studies, because he refused to serve in the Rhodesian Army, for reasons of conscience. In 1982, he made Aliya and joined a fledgling kibbutz being built in the Galilee, named Tuval, where still lives today, with his wife and two sons. He served in an infantry unit for his army service and finished his reserve duty as a liaison officer for international forces in Israel. He likes writing blogs, jogging, rugby and is a history enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook.

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