If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem – Yehuda Amichai

If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem If I forget thee, Jerusalem, Then let my right be forgotten. Let my right be forgotten, and my left remember….

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And We Shall Not Get Excited – Yehuda Amichai

And We Shall Not Get Excited And we shall not get excited. Because a translator May not get excited. Calmly, we shall pass on Words…

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Pity, We Were A Good Invention – Yehuda Amichai

Pity, We Were A Good Invention They amputated Your thighs from my waist. For me they are always Surgeons. All of them. They dismantled us…

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I Wasn’t One Of The Six Million- And What Is My Life Span Open Closed Open – Yehuda Amichai

I Wasn’t One of the Six Million- And What Is My Life Span Open Closed Open I My life is the gardener of my body….

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Yad Mordechai – Yehuda Amichai

Yad Mordechai Yad Mordechai. Those who fell here still look out the windows like sick children who are not allowed outside to play. And on…

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An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion – Yehuda Amichai

An Arab Shepherd Is Searching For His Goat On Mount Zion An Arab shepherd is searching for his goat on Mount Zion And on the…

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The Little Park Planted – Yehuda Amichai

The Little Park Planted The little park planted in memory of a boy who fell in the war begins to resemble him as he was…

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I Want To Die In My Own Bed – Yehuda Amichai

I Want To Die In My Own Bed All night the army came up from Gilgal To get to the killing field, and that’s all….

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You Mustn’t Show Weakness – Yehuda Amichai

You Mustn’T Show Weakness You mustn’t show weakness and you’ve got to have a tan. But sometimes I feel like the thin veils of Jewish…

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Ein Yahav – Yehuda Amichai

Ein Yahav A night drive to Ein Yahav in the Arava Desert, a drive in the rain. Yes, in the rain. There I met people…

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Once A Great Love – Yehuda Amichai

Once A Great Love Once a great love cut my life in two. The first part goes on twisting at some other place like a…

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Love Of Jerusalem – Yehuda Amichai

Love Of Jerusalem There is a street where they sell only red meat And there is a street where they sell only clothes and perfumes….

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Tourists – Yehuda Amichai

Tourists Visits of condolence is all we get from them. They squat at the Holocaust Memorial, They put on grave faces at the Wailing Wall…

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A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention – Yehuda Amichai

A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention They amputated Your thighs off my hips. As far as I’m concerned They are all surgeons. All…

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On Rabbi Kook’s Street – Yehuda Amichai

On Rabbi Kook’s Street On Rabbi Kook’s Street I walk without this good man– A streiml he wore for prayer A silk top hat he…

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I Have Become Very Hairy – Yehuda Amichai

I Have Become Very Hairy I have become very hairy all over my body. I’m afraid they’ll start hunting me because of my fur. My…

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Try To Remember Some Details – Yehuda Amichai

Try To Remember Some Details Try to remember some details. Remember the clothing of the one you love so that on the day of loss…

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A Jewish Cemetery In Germany – Yehuda Amichai

A Jewish Cemetery In Germany On a little hill amid fertile fields lies a small cemetery, a Jewish cemetery behind a rusty gate, hidden by…

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My Child Wafts Peace – Yehuda Amichai

My Child Wafts Peace My child wafts peace. When I lean over him, It is not just the smell of soap. All the people were…

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Great Serenity- Questions And Answers – Yehuda Amichai

Great Serenity- Questions And Answers People in a hall that’s lit so brightly It hurts Spoke of religion In the lives of contemporary people And…

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What Kind Of A Person – Yehuda Amichai

What Kind Of A Person “What kind of a person are you,” I heard them say to me. I’m a person with a complex plumbing…

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My Father – Yehuda Amichai

My Father The memory of my father is wrapped up in white paper, like sandwiches taken for a day at work. Just as a magician…

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I Don’t Know If History Repeats Itself – Yehuda Amichai

I Don’T Know If History Repeats Itself I don’t Know if history repeats itself But I do know that you don’t. I remember that city…

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The School Where I Studied – Yehuda Amichai

The School Where I Studied I passed by the school where I studied as a boy and said in my heart: here I learned certain…

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Of Three Or Four In The Room – Yehuda Amichai

Of Three Or Four In The Room Out of three or four in the room One is always standing at the window. Forced to see…

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God Full Of Mercy – Yehuda Amichai

God Full Of Mercy God-Full-of-Mercy, the prayer for the dead. If God was not full of mercy, Mercy would have been in the world, Not…

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The First Rain – Yehuda Amichai

The First Rain The first rain reminds me Of the rising summer dust. The rain doesn’t remember the rain of yesteryear. A year is a…

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Memorial Day For The War Dead – Yehuda Amichai

Memorial Day For The War Dead Memorial day for the war dead. Add now the grief of all your losses to their grief, even of…

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God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children – Yehuda Amichai

God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children God has pity on kindergarten children, He pities school children — less. But adults he pities not at all….

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Poem Without An End – Yehuda Amichai

Poem Without an End Inside the brand-new museum there’s an old synagogue. Inside the synagogue is me. Inside me my heart. Inside my heart a…

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Let The Memorial Hill Remember – Yehuda Amichai

Let The Memorial Hill Remember Let the memorial hill remember instead of me, that’s what it’s here for. Let the par in-memory-of remember, let the…

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Endless Poem – Yehuda Amichai

Endless Poem In a modern museum In an old synagogue In the synagogue I Within me My heart Within my heart A museum Within a…

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Temporary Poem Of My Time – Yehuda Amichai

Temporary Poem Of My Time Hebrew writing and Arabic writing go from east to west, Latin writing, from west to east. Languages are like cats:…

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Jews In The Land Of Israel – Yehuda Amichai

Jews In The Land Of Israel We forget where we came from. Our Jewish names from the Exile give us away, bring back the memory…

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Do Not Accept – Yehuda Amichai

Do Not Accept Do not accept these rains that come too late. Better to linger. Make your pain An image of the desert. Say it’s…

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Quick And Bitter – Yehuda Amichai

Quick And Bitter The end was quick and bitter. Slow and sweet was the time between us, slow and sweet were the nights when my…

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A Dog After Love – Yehuda Amichai

After you left me I let a dog smell at My chest and my belly. It will fill its nose And set out to find…

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