Dr. Lindyke - Prayer For Peace

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Our news sources were:
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8592107/Israeli-leaders-spend-day-in-Nations-Tunnel-nuclear-bunker.html

www.haaretz.com/news/national/livni-israel-must-maintain-itself-as-a-law-abiding-state-1.370040

www.aljazeerah.info/News/2011/June/29%20n/Israeli%20Rabbi%20Ya%27akov%20Yosef%20Endorses%20Killing%20of%20Non-Jews%20Document.htm

About the Hebrew phrases used... I translated Jerusalem into English as "City of Peace" in the last line of the chorus so that an English-speaking audience can appreciate the irony of Jerusalem's name, give its history. The first verse is a recognition of every Israeli's duty to public service (including military service), so the name of the Lord invoked in the first chorus is "Adonai" (Lord).  The second chorus is a prayer for protection, so the name used is El Shaddai (God of All, or God of Sufficiency, but in the sense of God Almighty). The final chorus replaces the line with "Elohim hu ahava" ("God is Love") in part as a declaration, but in part as a reminder and rebuke to those Jews who advocate violence of their own.

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Every mother, every father
Every daughter and son
Pledges eternal vigilance
Until the victory is won
Pledges eternal vigilance
Until the victory is won

Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
(pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
Halleluja Adonai
(praise to God, the Lord)
Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
Pray for the peace of the City of Peace

Cradled in our Nation's Tunnel
In darkness as death rains from the sky
May the Lord protect us
That today we will not die
May the Lord protect us
That today we will not die

Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
(pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
Halleluja El Shaddai
(praise to God, the God of All)
Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
Pray for the peace of the City of Peace

I stand on the West Bank
Amid the pain and tears
As a rabbi prays for violence
I can't believe my ears
As a rabbi prays for violence
I can't believe my ears

May the Lord remind us
Not to spill our brothers' blood
May the Lord remind us
Not to spill our brothers' blood

Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
(pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
Elohim hu ahava
(God is love)
Sha-alu Shalom Israel
Pray for the peace of Israel

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from SpinTunes #3: Round 2, released June 30, 2011
Music & Lyrics by Dave Leigh & William Hoover

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