A Great Goy
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Some of my Poetry Soup friends have been called 'goy' by Jews with whom they've interacted in the past. It seems to be a pejorative term. But things aren't quite what they seem to be, as you'll see in this poem. Enjoy!
In Observant Jewish communities everywhere
From Jerusalem to New York
The word 'Goy' is used pejoratively (Hebrew: Person/People/Nation)
--No differently than pork
Yet examine its history carefully
And you'll come to see--
That the term bestows great honor
On every 'goyish' he and she
On Planet Earth's Family Tree
The first 'Goy' was Avraham the Patriarch
The most righteous Jew of all
God promised him myriad descendants
To build up a great Hebrew Nation, a 'Goy Ga-dol. (Hebrew: Great Nation)
Next came the Patriarch Jacob
The father of Israel's Twelve Tribes
When in Mother Rebecca's womb with twin Esau--
Two nations, 'Shnay Goyim,' there did strive. (Hebrew: 2 nations)
And then there's the whole Jewish Nation
God called them a 'Goy Ka-dosh,' a Holy Creation: (Hebrew: Holy People)
He gave them the Torah on Mount Sinai
And elevated the Jewish People to be
A Kingdom of Priests
A Holy Nation
For all the world to see.
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To be called a 'Goy' is truly an Honor quite dear,
One that God reserves for those personages to whom He feels especially near!
Copyright © Gershon Wolf | Year Posted 2018
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