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Tu B'Av

Tu B'Av

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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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Joy Krauthammer Northridge, CA July 28, 2010

Dance Sing Love Dear Esther,
With your vision, I circle dance with the maidens, filled with joy and hope in Jerusalem.
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Eileen Bruskewitz Madison, WI August 4, 2009

beautiful Esther, you capture such joy and movement in this poem. Reply

Rifka Kaplan-Peck August 3, 2009

wow i love the poem Reply

chana givat zeev August 3, 2009

lovely I usually find poetry nebby or trite but this was glorious - so much depth in so few words Reply

chanie bklyn August 2, 2009

chanie loved loved loved this piece!! Reply