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Saturday, June 6, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Rick Lupert

245 ARTICLES

The Rashi Button – a poem for Torah Portion Nasso

All the numbers…who are fit to perform the service for the service I found a musical secret in the Torah thanks to clicking the Rashi button. The service...

I Was at Sinai – A Shavuot Poem

I was at Sinai I remember what I was wearing what the ground felt like who was standing next to me the looks on everyone’s face when Moses came...

Everybody Counts – a poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

This was the children… the firstborn of Israel, …all who were fit to go out to the army. It’s a census year and I’ve already...

We Own Nothing – a Poem for Torah Portion Behar-Bechukotai

The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and residents with Me. They say it’s a...

Behar

If you were the earth out of which everyone’s food grew animal and human alike you would need a rest too. You need a rest too. Take one. Not...

The Curse of Long Eyebrows – a poem for Torah portion Emor

For any man who has a defect should not approach Behold the defects which prohibit you from dwelling in the Lord’s presence. (I use the word Lord...

Satyrs are Real and other Haiku

And he shall effect atonement upon the Holy of Holies No-one wants to think about Yom Kippur in the middle of a plague. Azazel - fallen angel – We’re...

Acharei Mot

It’s amazing we invented the concept of the scapegoat, only to have it used against us during the second war to end all wars. And one can’t...

Seven Day Quarantines Were So Quaint – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

the kohen shall quarantine him for seven days. I’ve been at home for five weeks mostly sitting in this same office chair. My exercise consists of long...

Old Man with Beard Descended From Sky – a poem for Torah portion Shemini

and the glory of God appeared to all the people. What form did this glory of God take? (You’ll forgive my gender neutralizing of Lord from the...

Elijah in the Time of Corona – A Passover Poem

I In the age of closed doors and mandated distance I tried ordering Matzah online. The only single boxes, (because with only two of us eating matzah with...

The Oy of Cooking – a poem for Torah Portion Tzav

And this is the law of the guilt offering. It is a holy of holies. Guilt is holy. Such a part of the Jewish DNA our Book has...

Family Business – a poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

And the kohen shall bring near to the altar, and nip off its head My mother’s maiden name was Cohen so even though the job of...

Virtual Shabbat 

Thanks to the virus, all our friends and synagogues are taking to the internet to beam Shabbat to us in the privacy of our own homes...

Give Until They Ask You to Stop – a poem for Torah Portion Vayakhel-Pekuei

Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the Holy. So the people stopped bringing. Can you imagine a time where...

Idol Chatter – a poem for Torah Portion Ki Tisa

Come on! Make us gods that will go before us, because this man Moses, who brought us up from the land of Egypt we don't know...

Ephod for Thought – a poem for Torah portion Tetzaveh

Thus shall Aaron carry the names of the sons of Israel in the choshen of judgment over his heart Imagine if we commemorated the ones who came...

Put Out a Little Nosh – a poem for Torah Portion Terumah

And you shall place on the table showbread before Me at all times. Always put out a little nosh except on Yom Kippur of course. But even that...

An Eye for an Eye is Too many Eyes – a poem for Torah Portion Mishpatim

an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, We could go on like this...

Poem: Mishpatim

Do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk. Exodus 23:19 I became a vegetarian spontaneously one day in an Islands restaurant after reading a pamphlet from a...

Thoughts on Being Judged – a poem for Torah Portion Yitro

It came about on the next day that Moses sat down to judge the people Already I don’t like the sound of this. Was attendance at the judging mandatory? Did...

Poem: Yitro

Autocorrect wanted to change the title of this poem, from Yitro to Nitro I almost didn’t change it back. God, after all, descends from the mountain amidst thunder,...

Kvetching by the Sea – a Poem for Torah Portion Beshalach

Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us to die in the desert? Ladies and gentleman, the Israelites invented sarcasm right...

Poem: Beshalach

Do you remember what it was like? Walls of water taller than a Grand Canyon? Our feet on dry land. I have a vague memory of even...

Too Dark – a poem for Torah Portion Bo

And the darkness will become darker It got so dark in Egypt. How dark they’re shouting from the audience. I’d like to press the invert button on this piece...

Poem: Bo

Locusts A few months after we moved into our house the ants felt bold enought to join us. Their line from the back door to the trash can,...

This Poem Would Cost You Money at Ancestry Dot Com – A Poem for Torah Portion Va’era

These are the heads of the fathers’ houses The Torah takes a brief interlude and traces the lineage of Moses and Aaron… says the Chabad website. I guess...

Poem: Va’eira

I’m gonna harden my heart I’m gonna swallow my tears I’m gonna turn and leave you here — Quarterflash If you like miracles tangible evidence of the supernatural then this...

This is the Story – A poem for Torah Portion Shemot

She named him Moses, and she said, “For I drew him from the water.” This is the story where everything happens before anything happens. This is the story...

Poem: Shemot

A new King rose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. It is in our nature to be fruitful and multiply. To grow strong when left...

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