Help Came

by Samuel De Lemos

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When the Jews of Spain
and Portugal who
by force converted.

To Judaism they
did eventually return.

They shed their Christian
cloaks in the Netherlands.

One by one they trickled in-

having religious freedom
granted to them.

Yet, it was not by their own
power or understanding
that they learned.

But,
with the loving
guidance of
the Italian rabbinate.

The Italian hachamim-
they were all well
trained,

and when
the time came,

dutifully they
lent a hand.

A lesson here for
us to follow:

No one can do things
on their own, no!

The essence is-
that we
all need each other,

especially by those who
are superbly trained.

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