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New final stanza to Maoz Tzur

Dr Avi Shmidman and Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom have a composed a new final stanza to Maoz Tzur – a traditional Chanuka song.

The original lyrics of Maoz Tzur are about the Jewish people’s struggles throughout history and how, thanks to God, made it through each of them. The last verse speaks of the hope of future redemption and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The new verse, composed by Shmidman and Etshalom last year, speaks of the miracle of the return of the Jewish people to its homeland after a bitter 2000 year exile.

You can download the words in PDF format, with an English translation and a Hebrew explanation of the lyrics here.

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