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