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Gershon Hepner

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Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at [email protected]

Laborators

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Seen as treaters of disease, not healers, doctors now are basically collaborators of laboratory-technicians who’re the dealers of data that’s delivered by lab laborators. The shots are called...

A Blessing Found in Hebrew Hell

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In a valley not far from Jerusalem, called Gehenna, a place where atrocities committed there once made it hell on earth, they found a copy of...

To Be Continued

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Answering the final question of a questionnaire with paradoxical transcendence jihad survivor Salman Rushdie said the greatest of all his achievements was, amazingly, “to have continued”, like...

Doomed to Collapse

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The Romans turned the Colosseum into a colossal quarry, and were too stony hearted to admit that they were sorry for Jews about how their great...

Not Taking Yes Or No As An Answer

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Not taking yes as answer, Naomi was teaching Ruth how to be Jewish. Jews with strangers feel great solidarity, but aren’t enthusiastic when they choose to join a...

Darkness and Lightness of the Soul

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Bar Yohai lived within a cave for many years, By leaving it he caused his father-in-law great distress. “Alas that I should see you so,” was...

The Cock that Crows in the Jewish Morn

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  The first thing for which Jews give thanks to Godeach day is for providing them with clocks.These aren’t the ones most use. It may...

Making Senescence Negligible, Like Galapagos’s Tortoises

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  That observation that Galapagos’s geriatric tortoises are able to make slow contortions caused by their negligible senescence, contradicts what all our elders have erroneously taught us...

The Silent Beginning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

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Before the four sounds played fortissimo violently comes a rest, that lasts just an eighth of a beat, to hear which is quite an impossible feat. You...

Muse and Moses

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  "Sing Muse, of Achilles' wrath,"begins the Iliad, about the grievance of a Greek,whereas the Bible quoth,using an analogous poetical technique,that by the Reed Sea...

One Goat and Then Say Cheese

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There once was a goat that was bought for two zuzei, and eaten soon after by one hungry kitty. A dog came along, and the cat was...

Passing Over Melted Snow

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What is not passed on now is lost, and it is not enough to borrow the past, for it must be embossed in order to have a...

Overdue Haircut

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“Haircut twenty dollars” read a sign in a barber’s window during the covid-19 epidemic, in Columbus Avenue, Manhattan. It added: “Overdue haircut, twenty-seven.” Overcharging for corrections...

Immersive Experiences

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Though having an experience of the artist that’s immersive is now regarded de rigueur by lovers of Van Gogh, in such experiences I do not wish...

Anthropause

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On streets of San Francisco you could see coyotes, and jackals would be seen in parks of Tel Aviv, and if in Welsh towns you observed...

Debunking a Hoax About Ahasuerus

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The claim that French by Frenchmen is not spoken reminds me of the hoax that Ahasuerus was a stable boy before he ever became king, an...

Aramaic

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If you are staying in Damascus and long for somewhere cooler the question that you ought to ask is: “How do I find Malula?” In mountains of the...

Giraffes and Liars

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In all the world the tallest of all creatures is the giraffe, which is as tall as tales told by liars, or by teachers to hide their...

God, College Education and the Pandemic

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How God, in his perversity, ties knots sometimes, unties when time seems right to him, we learn through rhyme. But in a university, where everything is deconstructed, we learn...

How Should We Address a Tree?

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Now how should we address a tree? Perhaps as you, perhaps as thee, suggesting there’s a parity between us. Familiarity is clear in French if we use “tu” to...

A Dream Like King’s

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  Contracts benefit, but covenants transform, the former mere transactions but relationships the latter, pulpit and platform where minds are open, never shut. Cooperating, fauna which have selfish genes survive...

Thou Shalt Get Vaccinated

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  This is the way I’m telling everybody to be vaccinated, learning from the Torah that we must do this to stay alive. The Torah tells us...

Smile Although Your Heart Is Aching

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Smile although your heart is aching, forget about the fact you’re faking. You’re making too much of life’s tsimmes every time you make a grimace instead of seizing...

Being Unharmed By Chopped Liver

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Just thinking of our ethnic dishes can make digestive juices run and Jewish holidays such fun–– chopped liver and gefilte fishes. Gastronomy will save the Jews until they’ve earned...

If I Learned The World Would End Tomorrow

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Some people once to Martin Luther turned and asked: “What would you do, sir, if you learned the world would end tomorrow?” to which he replied: “Good...

Poem: Olive

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A taste as old as cold, cold water, don’t put them in long drinks, but shorter martinis or a Bloody Mary. They clear the head and make...

A Maccabean Op-Ed on Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl's abusive comments made about the Jewsshould not be treated by his many readers with impunity,in contrast to my sympathetic but aberrant viewswhich...

Longing For The Pre-COVID Era

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Me that 'ave been what I've been -- Me that 'ave gone where I've gone -- Me that 'ave seen what I've seen -- 'Ow can I...

Interpreting Life’s Artistry Without Originality

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Of life’s artistry interpreters, we find originality a commodity that’s very rare. Artfully we all try to fine-tune without finality great melodies already in the air. Sting (Gordon...

How Jewish Vegetarians Celebrate Thanksgiving

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This is why on Thanksgiving non-vegetarians have a custom to eat turkey. It’s because the tasty bird was thought to come from India, whose Hebraic name is hodu,...
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