ASHREI HAGAFURER, BLESSED IS THE MATCH
poem written by Hannah Senesh*
Read By David Sorkin
Blessed is the match consumed in the kindling flame.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the heart's secret places.
Blessed is the heart
with strength to stop its beating for honor's sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in the kindling flame
*Hannah Senesh (July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944) was a Hungarian Jew, one of 37 Jews living in Palestine, now Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.
Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission and was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where several streets and a kibbutz are named after her, and her poetry is widely known.
She wrote Ashrei Hagafurer after she was parachuted into a partisan camp in Yugoslavia