Untouched by man, the land lay bare;
No fruit nor flowers did grow there.
A wild and unkempt land it was
The wilderness.
Then pilgrims with tools and seeds.
They came to plow the cold, hard ground,
To plant their seed, and to water the ground
With blood, sweat, and tears.
Expelled from the world,
They joined hands and came
To rebuild their homeland, to plant, and to pray,
Believing their families would join them one day
In the land of the Jews.
They gave up their old lives in
Exchange for the new, and
Israel prospered and Israel grew,
Where she stands a reminder to both Gentile and Jew
A miracle.
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by Eva
Published August 23, 1998
The Jerusalem Post Daily Internet Edition
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"Thus saith the L-RD G-D; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be built.  And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.  And they shall say, this land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden;  and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and inhabited.  Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the L-RD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate:  I the L-RD have spoken it, and I will do it.  Thus saith the L-RD G-D; I will yet for this be inquired of by the House of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.  As the holy flock of  Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men:  And they shall know that I am the L-RD" - Ezekiel 36:33-38