Return to bloom​ / Porchim Leshuvam


Background for Teacher:
Yishai Ribo, whose family made aliyah from France when he was eight years old, is one of the
best-known Israeli singer-songwriters today. He is known for his religious-spiritual music which is
also loved by a wide secular audience. He explains that his newest song “Porchim Leshuvam” –
“carries with it the pain but also the growth, what is missing but also what there is and above all
faith that everything will still turn to good.” The song was released on Rosh Chodesh Adar during
the flourishing season of spring in Israel with the hope that “everything that withered will bloom

While Watching
Divide students into small groups and give each group a card with a different phrase from the song.
Each group will need to find their phrase in the song and explain the meaning and source of the
phrase to the other groups.
After Watching
The main metaphor for hope and renewal used in this song is that of flowers and trees that always
return to bloom after the darkness of the winter.
This year, red Kalaniot are particularly significant because they grow wild and plentiful in the fields
surrounding many of the Negev kibbutzim that were attacked on October 7. Jewish and Israeli
artists have been using the Kalanit to as a symbol of solidarity. Many examples can be seen at In addition, in the national project called “Kalaniyot lifnei
hageshem,” 100,000 red clay flowers were displayed in rotating locations throughout the country.
Inspired by this song and examples of Israeli artwork, have students create their own hopeful
images using Kalaniyot, incorporating lyrics from Ribo’s song.

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