Page 142 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 25

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A similar refrain, “We are here, we are here,” concluded
Leyeles’ cycle of poems on Ein Gedi, composed after his visit to
this Israel outpost on the Dead Sea. He described his rapture in
the new vineyards of Ein Gedi, vineyards that recalled memories
of Saul, David and Solomon, that looked out upon the heroic
ramparts of Massada, and now re-echo the sound of cymbals,
tambourines and the gay songs of youths and maidens.
In his last poems, Leyeles, ardent supporter of Diaspora
nationalism, affirmed his pride in Israel’s achievements and
blessed his people, wherever in the wide world they established
their roots. To the treasure of Jewish literature, he had added
during his long creative life Yiddish works of lasting value.