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Tu B'Av

Tu B'Av


Dance, maidens of Jerusalem,
Dance your round and sing,
And call the lads of Jerusalem
Around your pleasant ring.

Dance, maidens of Jerusalem,
Defying guns and drought.
Though foes surround Jerusalem,
Love can banish fear and doubt.

Dance, maidens of Jerusalem,
Bring down the holy fire,
That there may be another generation
Of those who love and aspire.

Dance, maidens of Jerusalem,
The moon is full tonight,
All the world will bathe in silvery beams,
And in Jerusalem's delight.

Dance, maidens of Jerusalem,
In beauty like the moon,
And may G‑d comfort Jerusalem
Speedily, yea, soon.

Esther Cameron is a poet and editor who lived in Israel from 1979-1990 and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She edits a website, and a literary magazine, The Deronda Review.
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July 28, 2010
Dance Sing Love
Dear Esther,
With your vision, I circle dance with the maidens, filled with joy and hope in Jerusalem.
Joy Krauthammer
Northridge, CA
August 4, 2009
Esther, you capture such joy and movement in this poem.
Eileen Bruskewitz
Madison, WI
August 3, 2009
wow i love the poem
Rifka Kaplan-Peck
August 3, 2009
I usually find poetry nebby or trite but this was glorious - so much depth in so few words
givat zeev
August 2, 2009
loved loved loved this piece!!