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Thread #96557 Message #3048435
Posted By: Genie
07-Dec-10 - 07:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins-Lo yisa goy
Subject: RE: a Jewish anti-war song - Lo Yisa Goy
The only Hebrew word I knew the specific meaning of (besides "lo") was "milchama" ("war" or "battle"), but I did know the Old Testament texts from which the song was taken & what the song was basically saying.
I sing this song all the time, usually at Jewish retirement communities, but not necessarily at this time of year. In fact, I have a "shalom" medley which I routinely do for Martin Luther King Day programs, and this song is part of the medley. (I don't include the English "Love to your neighbor ... " part that I think someone added later, because it doesn't fit well with the medley.
The other two songs I use in the medley are "Hevenu Shalom Aleichem" and "Shalom, Chaverim."
(I know that Shalom, Chaverim, is often - usually? - translated as "Farewell, Friends," and it is kind of a parting song, but the greeting/farewell "shalom" does mean "peace," so it fits well with the other two songs.