Nationalism, or: Rationalism

My 2nd Lüshi

Ahad Ha'am[1] founded 'Cultural Zionism',[2]
Pushed for Jewish homeland - national.
Considered Israel a "spiritual center"
For all Jews, dispersed, international.
Wrote, "Shabbat keeps the Jews"[3] -
Towards religion, respectful but rational.
Oh, this speaks to me:
Love for our people - Passional.


  1. Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg (1856 – 1927), primarily known by his pen name Ahad Ha’am (literally ‘one of the people’, Gen. 26:10), was one of the foremost Zionist thinkers before the founding of the State of Israel.
  2. Cultural Zionism is a strain of the concept of Zionism that values creating a Jewish state with its own secular Jewish culture and history, including language and historical roots.
  3. Ahad Ha’am once said, “More than the Jewish People have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews,” suggesting that Jews, to a great extent, have remained unified throughout history largely because of their shared commitment to the fundamentals of Jewish tradition (Shabbat being one of the pillars of Jewish life throughout the centuries).


I won’t rehash the rules for a lüshi, which you can find here:

I will only say – wow… this was not easy. I am sure that it’s significantly more natural to write lüshi poetry in its native Chinese, as intended.

14 thoughts on “Nationalism, or: Rationalism”

  1. Ah..I don’t think I’ll get to understand this lushi, it sounds too complicated for my poor mind to digest! But as an afterthought, here’re the first two limericks I wrote 😀 (I warn you, they may truly sound like nonsense!)

    No thanks!

  2. The content of the poem is interesting and I can understand it. The form – well, maybe its because my blood sugar is low but it makes no sense even after reading the description twice… I’m steering clear of this form (another that I’ll pass on trying – at least until I can wrap my head around it!)

  3. Ah, so he wasn’t born in Odessa, but lived there for a while. We tend to think that all great people were born in Odessa (LOL), and he was most certainly among the greats, so we sort of appropriated him.
    Shavuah tov, David.
    Air hugs,

  4. – I get it I believe, partly through parallels or similarities with beliefs that are sacrosanct to me.
    However, isn’t this likely to be as much at risk of being constrained in-less-than mystery state, just as I said the other day it happens to the christian g-o-d when imprisoned in self-justification, instead of rooted in mystery?

    1. I don’t think I follow what you mean.

      For me the Jewish people are my extended family, and our extended family has traditions, as many families do. God does not necessarily have anything to do with it.


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