Shir La'ma'alot | A Song of Ascents. [Psalm]

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Sung by Yosef Karduner

Shir lama`alot. Esa einai el heharim: me'ayin yavo ezri?

I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:
from whence shall my help come?

Alzaré mis ojos á los montes, de donde vendrá mi socorro.

Ezri me'im Hashem ose shamaim va'aretz.

My help cometh from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Mi socorro viene de Dios, Que hizo los cielos y la tierra.

Al yiten lamot ragleicha al yanum shom'recha.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved;
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

No dará tu pie al resbaladero; ni se dormirá el que te guarda.

Hineh, lo yanum velo yishan shomer yisrael.

Behold, He that keepeth Israel
doth neither slumber nor sleep.

He aquí, no se adormecerá ni dormirá El que guarda á Israel.

Hashem shom'recha

The Lord is thy keeper;
Dios es tu guardador:

Hashem tzil'cha al yad yeminecha.

The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
Dios es tu sombra á tu mano derecha.

Yomam hashemesh lo yakeka veyare'ach balailah.

The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night

El sol no te fatigará de día, ni la luna de noche.

Hashem yishmor'cha mikol ra'ah yishmor et nafshecha.

The Lord shall keep thee from all evil;
He shall keep thy soul.

Dios te guardará de todo mal: El guardará tu alma.

Hashem yishmor tzetcha uvo'echa me'ata ve'ad olam.

The Lord shall guard thy going out and thy coming in,
from this time forth and for ever.

Dios guardará tu salida y tu entrada, desde ahora y para siempre.
---Psalm 121

...and miles to go before we sleep: Toiras Jesed and Lev Tahor in Guatemala.

Update: June 20th 2016 Guatemalan mayor indicted for expelling Jewish sect.

Translation of the article: Judíos: “Es el alcalde, no la población. Por Sergio Osegueda | Diario Digital | August 22nd 2014.

Jews: "it is the Mayor, not the population." By Sergio Osegueda | Diario Digital | August 22nd 2014.

The Council of Elders of San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, decided to expel from its territory, the Jewish community which had been located in that place for eight years. The Jews claim to have nowhere to go.

Misael Santos, Toiras Jesed Community
With less than a 24-hour deadline, the Council of Elders of San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, approved the expulsion of 200 Jews from their municipality this Friday, considering that they are a risk to the population, since through social networking they have made accusations against the inhabitants of San Juan la Laguna.

Before the decision, Toiras Jesed community representative, Misael Santos, stated that "they have no place where to go and, if we do not leave today, they have threatened to come to cut water and electricity".

The Jewish community, which has been living for eight years in San Juan la Laguna, is concerned, mainly for the children. More than half of Toiras Jesed are minors. "We as adults, we are up and ready to take to tents, but what of the children and their needs?", said Santos.

Political problem

The problem is not the population of San Juan la Laguna, according to Santos, since many are against their departure from the place. "It is a phantom Committee set up by the Mayor, when they held the meeting. This group notified us  and the notes have no stamp, or signature or anything," he said.

The representative of the Jewish community expressed the view that "it is the mayor, who since several months ago is pressing to get the community out of the village as it has no political party to support it."

The Jewish community said that they have detected that part of the population that supports the Chief Mayor is being coerced. The threats are the dispossession of their land or their homes; they end up supporting out of fear.

Diario Digital tried to establish communication with the Mayor Rodolfo López, but calls were not answered.

Racist messages

"Unfortunately have detected in the speeches of the Governor of Sololá and the Mayor of San Juan la Laguna, racist messages against this community," said the Presidential Commissioner against Discrimination and Racism, María Trinidad Gutiérrez.

A month ago was the creation of a roundtable dialogue was initiated to find a solution to a possible social conflict, according to the Commissioner, since part of the population supports the Jewish community and the other wants it to go.

"We have to determine what their immigration status, and then who accuses them of dishonest acts. Meanwhile, we should also not be subject to discriminatory attitudes", said Gutiérrez.

However, while it is expected that they will be evicted today, the Commissioner said they still hope to be able to engage in the roundtable dialogue. "We are following the problem very closely and if we detect racist and discriminatory acts, we will submit appropriate complaints," she concluded.

Translation of the article: Judíos expulsados denuncian discriminación. POR JOSÉ M. PATZÁN | Prensa Libre | 29/08/2014.
Expelled Jews denounce discrimination. By José M. Patzán | Prensa Libre | 29/08/2014.
Members of an ultra orthodox Jewish group expelled from San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, due to differences with the villagers were relocated yesterday temporarily in a building in Zone 9 in the capital, while awaiting the progress of two complaints of threats and discrimination brought to the Public Prosecutor against the Council of Elders of that town.

Representatives of Toiras Jesed community lodged two complaints with the Attorney, in which they argue that they were subjected to situations, such as threats, disconnected piped water and electricity.

They relocate

During yesterday morning, team members relocated to a building in Zone 9 which years before had accommodated the Directorate General of Immigration.

Uriel Goldman, one of the representatives of the group said they will remain temporarily in the building while finding an area outside the capital, because it is not an appropriate site for 30 families. He added that they had rented six floors and an adjoining house, where they will locate 200 people, including adults and children.

Goldman explained that the rent will be paid with their savings and donations from people who have even provided them with vegetables and other foods.

About what happened in San Juan La Laguna, he said that they are at peace and grateful to the people of the community who supported them. "We had the right to stay, but we did not want to fight, we are men of peace," Goldman emphasised.

The group held a meeting last Wednesday with the Council of Elders of San Juan La Laguna and delegates from the Office of Human Rights, but did not reach an agreement, so they decided to leave.

Neighbors claim that Jews behaved so arrogant and were bathing naked at the public beach.

The Office of Human Rights had published a statement in which it rejects the threats against the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and describes the events in San Juan La Laguna as "humiliating and discriminatory."


230 people from the Jewish community were expelled from San Juan La Laguna.


Update on Toiras Jesed community in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala.

About the intention to expel the Jewish community of San Juan La Laguna, Sololá. Communication. Ombudsman of Human Rights, August 22nd 2014.

Your true enemy lives in your own house.

Statement of the Association of the Jewish Community of Guatemala, regarding the situation in San Juan Laguna, Sololá.

Lev Tahor: Coming in from the cold.

Lev Tahor Refugees: The Guatemalan Experience.

Update on Toiras Jesed community in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala.

Update: June 20th 2016 Guatemalan mayor indicted for expelling Jewish sect.

Update:  August 29th 2014

Matthew 10:23 "When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next..."

Contrary to what I described in my post below as positive developments caused by the intervention of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Al Jazeera AmericaCBC News, The Star and the National Post are all reporting today that the situation in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala continues to be increasingly stressful for the Jewish community, with some reports stating that members of the Lev Tahor community have actually begun leaving for the capital. According to The Star,
"The edict to leave was delivered Wednesday after Lev Tahor and the Council of Indigenous Elders, representing the majority Christian population, were unable to negotiate a solution to their clash of civilizations."
No mention was made of Toiras Jesed in the reports and this is confusing since sources on the ground have said that the two communities were separate entities and that Lev Tahor was not located in San Juan La Laguna. Previous reports have given the impression that it was the Toiras Jesed community that had been under attack and had been given the expulsion order. Perhaps both communities have now decided that the area is not suitable and that their prospects may be better in the capital.

"The move was denounced by another prominent Jewish leader in Guatemala. Rabbi Shalom Pelman, who leads the Chabad Lubavitch congregation in Guatemala's capital city, said it is the type of activity that brings to mind the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

This is not typical in the world I live in. Even in Iran, Jews are not expelled,” he told the Star in a telephone interview." SOURCE

Rabbi Pelman, a 15-year resident of Guatemala, said he has never before heard of such an edict being applied in the country.

Even if they are the most problematic group . . . the expelling of a religious group or ethnic group from one place to another is not acceptable,” he said. “That's why we have laws, we have judges, we have police. They are the ones qualified to deal with problematic issues.”

He is calling on the Guatemalan government and the international community to come to the defence of Lev Tahor.

It's less than 70 years since the Holocaust. If that can happen again it's a wake up call for the international community to see what we're doing wrong and how we can fix it sooner rather than later.” SOURCE

See updated post on the situation with Toiras Jesed in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. The Human Rights Ombudsman has intervened and the process of mediation has begun. The expulsion order by the Mayor has been revoked by the Council of Elders and a meeting between Toiras Jesed and the municipality has been scheduled for today. See the original strongly worded and inspiring communication in Spanish from the office of the Human Rights Ombudsman  or read my translation [second item on page]. B'ezrat Hashem, human kindness will prevail.

Going To A Town [Song]

Uploaded by Rufus WainwrightVEVO

By Rufus Wainwright

I'm going to a town that has already been burnt down
I'm going to a place that has already been disgraced
I'm gonna see some folks who have already been let down
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I may just never see you again, or might as well
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I'm going to a town that has already been burnt down
I'm so tired of you, America.

Making my own way home, ain't gonna be alone
I've got a life to lead, America
I've got a life to lead,
I got a soul to feed,
I got a dream to heed,
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Making my own way home, ain't gonna be alone
I'm going to a town
That has already been burnt down.