Translated by Lazer Mishulovin
|That tragic dark time,
although it is already many years past,
this poor shtetl Lishe,
will in my memory always remain.
extended a murderous rule,
Ridiculed and humiliated the kdoshim,
And then drove them to the slaughter.
|Heaven forbid, we forget,
our destroyed community;
Forever remember the bitter end,
The day twenty-seven of Av.
To remember and always remind,
the destruction of the Third Temple,
Millions were killed on kidush-hashem,
|1.||Kdoshim Holy-ones, Jewish martyrs who were murdered for no other reason other than being Jewish. Their death is considered to be a sanctification of G-d's name, hence the term kdoshim, holy-ones.|
|2.||Av The eleventh month of the Hebrew calendar, also a month of mourning for the destruction of two Holy Temples, see footnote 3.|
|3.||Third temple - There were two Holy Temples that were destroyed in antiquity by non-Jewish oppressors on the Ninth of Av. The author here is referring to the destruction of the Lishe [Wielka Glusha] Jewish community on the twenty-seven of Av as the destruction of the third holy temple.|
|4.||Kidush-hashem Sanctification of G-d's name. See footnote 1.|
Translated by Lazer Mishulovin
|In memory of my father, Moshe the religious man.||My relatives: uncles and aunts,|
|I remember, he was pale and haggard.||Distant and close neighbors;|
|From the beit-midrash late he would come,||Friends, associates and cousins,|
|In his hands his talit with the old siddur.||I will never forget anyone.|
|My mother Chaia-Yehudit, peace be on her,||And our goyim and even the good ones,|
|A righteous woman, loyal and soft-spoken,||Robbed away from the Jews the last penny.|
|To travel to Eretz Yisrael was her dream||They stand by their huts in good spirit,|
|And on her lips always rested a prayer.||Looking on the Jews with the yellow patches.|
|My mother, the religious woman, who||The goyim all pressed and fresh,|
|Never missed to recite her entire psalms and prayers;||With no shame or embarrassment,|
|Went to slichot predawn to beseech G-d,||Watch how the enemy drives the kdoshim from Lishe;|
|Read the Yiddish-Chumash and counted the omer.||Young and old, infant, man, and woman.|
|In memory of Pinchas, my brother the good man,||A child breaks out with a bitter cry;|
|Alone he remained with my mother,||He cannot comprehend what happened here.|
|Assisted, comforted, and watched;||For what sin? asks the child;|
|Until the murder in the ghetto they were together.||Why do we deserve such suffering and pain?|
|A great Torah scholar was Reb Moshe Chaim:||That is how the Jews of Lishe and its surroundings went,|
|A Jew, a humble, and a G-d-fearing man.||On kidush-hashem without any why and without any reason.|
|He was in Lishe, the Rabbi,||Driven to Kamin together, like sheep all,|
|Until the destruction of the twenty-seventh of Av.||Brutally murdered, all together|
|1.||Beis-medresh House of Study and prayer.|
|2.||Talis Prayer shawl.|
|3.||Siddur Prayer book.|
|4.||Eretz Yisrael Land of Israel.|
|5.||Sliches Supplication prayer recited during the week before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.|
|6.||Yiddish- Chumush The Pentateuch with Yiddish translation.|
|7.||Omer The forty-nine day period between the Jewish holidays Passover and Shevues (Pentecost)|
|See endnotes on poem p. 745 Never Will I Forget
K'doshim Holy-ones, Jewish martyrs who were murdered for no other reason other than being Jewish. Their death is considered to be a sanctification of G-d's name, hence the term k'doshim, holy-ones. Kidush-hashem - Sanctification of G-d's name.
Lishe 51°49' 25°03', is a name for Glusha, [Wielka Glusha].
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