Songs/
Yom Hazikaron
Eliphelet

Lyrics: Natan Alterman

Music: Sasha Argov

Please let’s sing the Eliphelet song

And let all of us say out loud:

When he was just a child

He was already a big loser

When all the neighbours talked about him badly

And said that nothing would help –

Eliphelet is a child without character

He has no character whatsoever

If you took a toy from him

He remained confused and smiling,

Smiling without knowing why

And how could this be and why and how

 

And it seems that around him, it’s strange

Why did he rejoice so and sing

Without why and without how

Without where and without how and why

Without to where and from which side

Without when and without how much

Because around him like a violin and a flute

An enlightening tune, ringing out.

If we explain to you, how would that help

What a child you are Eliphelet.

 

On the night of the battle with the pouncing thundering fire

Between the men in the company a voice was heard:

The forward position is cut off

The stock of ammunition has already run out

Then Eliphelet felt as if

He just had to renew the stock

And as he has no character whatsoever

He crawled straight into the fire

 

And when he returned shocked and wounded

He collapsed, kneeled and smiled

He smiled without knowing why

And how and due to what and how

 

And in the hearts of his comrades, it’s strange

Why did he rejoice so and sing

Without why and without how

Without where and due to what and why

Without to where and from which side

Without when and without how much

Around him like a violin and a flute

An enlightening tune, ringing out

If we explain to you, how would that help

What a child you are Eliphelet

 

And during the night wearing a steel helmet

The angel Gabriel descended

And approached Eliphelet’s pillow

Who was lying in the post on the hill

He said: Eliphelet don’t be afraid

Eliphelet, don’t be afraid and scared

In the heavens we are pleased with you

Even though you don’t have any character whatsoever

 

This is a simple song and also strange

It has no beginning and end and continuation

We sang to him without knowing why

And how and because of what

 

We sang to him just like that, strange

Why did he so rejoice and sing....

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