HaNeder - The Vow

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'''Zion:'''
'''Zion:'''
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I am building the Jewish state.
I am building the Jewish state.
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White and Blue, and no other, there will not be added
White and Blue, and no other, there will not be added
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The redness of admixture to the splendour of the ideal;
The redness of admixture to the splendour of the ideal;
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The only link between worker and owner
The only link between worker and owner
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Is that both are rebuilding Zion
Is that both are rebuilding Zion
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''The key to the advancement of the Zionist Ideal is the unification of all the working forces of the Nation. We have one flag – the blue and white of Israel. All other ideas and paths are secondary to the main goal – the building of the Jewish State.''
''The key to the advancement of the Zionist Ideal is the unification of all the working forces of the Nation. We have one flag – the blue and white of Israel. All other ideas and paths are secondary to the main goal – the building of the Jewish State.''
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My living language in joy, in sorrow, in wrath,
My living language in joy, in sorrow, in wrath,
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The language of work, of thought, of song – the language of my children;
The language of work, of thought, of song – the language of my children;
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An eternal golden chain linking up the songs of Tel Chai and thunder -
An eternal golden chain linking up the songs of Tel Chai and thunder -
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The wonder of Sinai
The wonder of Sinai
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''The Hebrew language should be the vehicle through which we conduct our national and private lives. Our use of the language will ultimately result in an exemplary cultural rebirth that will in turn initiate a “light unto the nations.”''
''The Hebrew language should be the vehicle through which we conduct our national and private lives. Our use of the language will ultimately result in an exemplary cultural rebirth that will in turn initiate a “light unto the nations.”''
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In a day of service I am like a bar of copper,
In a day of service I am like a bar of copper,
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Like a mass of iron in the hands of the blacksmith whose name is Zion;
Like a mass of iron in the hands of the blacksmith whose name is Zion;
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Mould me as you please – a sickle, a machine wheel
Mould me as you please – a sickle, a machine wheel
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Or a sword and a dagger
Or a sword and a dagger
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''When and if the National Interest demands it, one should work of one’s own free will to serve that need, subjecting personal needs and tolerances.''
''When and if the National Interest demands it, one should work of one’s own free will to serve that need, subjecting personal needs and tolerances.''
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I shall approach the company of nations gallantly
I shall approach the company of nations gallantly
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Like a lion approaching lions – my brethren, not my conqueror;
Like a lion approaching lions – my brethren, not my conqueror;
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I am a Betar soldier,
I am a Betar soldier,
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A watchman on the threshold of Tel Chai
A watchman on the threshold of Tel Chai
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''The existence of our national sovereignty is dependant on our power to ensure our independence and existence. We should not be dependent or inferior to other nations.''
''The existence of our national sovereignty is dependant on our power to ensure our independence and existence. We should not be dependent or inferior to other nations.''
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I am a royal descendant of Gideon, one like me
I am a royal descendant of Gideon, one like me
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Possesses the dignity of royal descent in his heart, his body, in everything;
Possesses the dignity of royal descent in his heart, his body, in everything;
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Proud in the presence of princes, humble with the poor,
Proud in the presence of princes, humble with the poor,
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Overcoming – to forgive
Overcoming – to forgive
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''This principle is the guiding light of a society where all of its sons shall be “princes amongst men”, ie. That each individual is an independent entity, and that he/she works according to a moral code that is therefore a “noble obligation.” Each individual should have self honour and respect for others, for we are all equal to one another.''
''This principle is the guiding light of a society where all of its sons shall be “princes amongst men”, ie. That each individual is an independent entity, and that he/she works according to a moral code that is therefore a “noble obligation.” Each individual should have self honour and respect for others, for we are all equal to one another.''
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To enjoy freedom – raise a fence around you!
To enjoy freedom – raise a fence around you!
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Voluntarily, I have imposed upon myself the law of Betar,
Voluntarily, I have imposed upon myself the law of Betar,
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For the command of Betar is the echo of my convictions – To the vow
For the command of Betar is the echo of my convictions – To the vow
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That rises from the depths of my blood
That rises from the depths of my blood
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''The greatest freedom an individual can have is the ability to choose the principles according to which he will conduct himself. Our ideal framework of obedience is that one would choose for it to exist and to participate therein of one’s own free will.''
''The greatest freedom an individual can have is the ability to choose the principles according to which he will conduct himself. Our ideal framework of obedience is that one would choose for it to exist and to participate therein of one’s own free will.''

Revision as of 11:56, 20 April 2010

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