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Rick Lupert

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Reminders – A poem for Torah Portion Korach

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...the censers of these who sinned…and they shall make them into flattened out plates as an overlay for the altar…and they shall be as a reminder...

Rising to the Occasion — A poem for Torah Portion Shelach

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and you will not fear the people of that land for they are our bread. -Numbers 14:9 Let’s talk about bread. Bread keeps you alive. Four ingredients plus...

Second Chances — A poem for Torah Portion Beha’alotcha

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We are ritually unclean…why should we be excluded so as not to bring the offering -Numbers 9:7 I check my son’s homework on the internet machine every day....

May I Suggest? — A poem for Torah portion Nasso

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Command the children of Israel to banish from the camp all those afflicted… -Numbers 5:2 No one understands a quarantine better than everyone alive today But it’s a sensitive...

Marching Orders — A poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

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Just as they camp, so shall they travel, each man in his place, by their divisions. -Numbers 2:17 I don’t like to use cliché in poems. I figure,...

I Bought a House — A poem for Parsha Behar-Bechukotai

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And when a man sells a residential house in a walled city, its redemption may take place 
until the completion of the year of its sale -Leviticus...

My Plant Based Renaissance — A poem for Torah Portion Emor

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An ox or sheep you shall not slaughter it and its offspring in one day. -Leviticus 22:28 When I was a boy I used to go fishing...

Blood, and Nudity and Moloch (Oh, My) — A poem for Torah Portion Acharei...

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Therefore, I said to the children of Israel: None of you shall eat blood Leviticus 17:12 Rest assured, God, Adonai, Holy One Unseen Savior, Invisible to the point...

I Wouldn’t Get Used to This – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

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If a man loses the hair on his head, he is bald. He is clean. Leviticus 13:40 No one complains when babies are bald but let a...

Ballad of the Bourbon Man — A poem for Torah Portion Shemini

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Do not drink wine that will lead to intoxication Leviticus 10:9 I didn’t drink, for no reason at all for more decades than I can remember. I think...

Please Don’t Eat My Leg — A poem for Torah Portion Tzav

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For I have taken the breast of the waving and the thigh of the elevation from the children of Israel Leviticus 7:34 It makes me wonder what...

The Triple Salting — A poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

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And you shall salt every one of your meal offering sacrifices with salt, and you shall not omit the salt… Leviticus 2:13 If there’s one thing I’ve...

One for the Artists — A poem for Torah Portion Vayakhel-Pekudei

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And he made the menorah of pure gold; of hammered work he made the menorah Exodus 37:17 He is Bezalel, an artist. Because the foundation of any good society...

Going Steady With the Lord — A poem for Torah Portion Ki Tisa

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And now, if I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, pray let me know Your ways Exodus 33:13 Before we buy property together we’d like to know...

Punica Granatum — A poem for Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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And on its bottom hem you shall make pomegranates Exodus 28:33 In our home, which will, soon no longer be our home, we planted Biblical fruits in all...

My Expensive Tastes: An Origin Story — A poem for Torah Portion Terumah

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And you shall make a menorah of pure gold.     Exodus 25:31 When the first thing we were asked to make required us to use solid...

Can I Have My Cow Back? — A poem for Torah Portion Mishpatim

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After Exodus 22:4-26 Some of our best laws are here – If a fire goes forth and finds thorns… …then congratulate the fire for living above its expectations...

The Wisdom of In-Laws – a poem for Torah Portion Yitro

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Moses obeyed his father in law, and he did all that he said. Exodus 18:24 When I first met my father-in-law naturally, he was suspicious. Who was this man,...

The Biggest Things – A poem for Torah Portion Beshalach

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"and the waters were to them as a wall from their right and from their left." Exodus 14:22 I like to visit places that have the biggest...

Poem: Beshalach

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Do you remember what it was like? Walls of water taller than a Grand Canyon?

The Art of the Deal – A poem for Torah Portion Bo

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And also our cattle will go with us; not a hoof will remain Exodus 10:26 In the shadow of the darkest dark moments before the final plague took...

Poem: Bo

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This poem was originally posted on January 29, 2020. Locusts A few months after we moved into our house the ants felt bold enought to join us. Their...

Closed Lips – A poem for Torah Portion Vaera

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But Moses said before the Lord, "Behold, I am of closed lips; so how will Pharaoh hearken to me?" Exodus 6:30 Closed lips – Is it a medical condition? Does...

Poem: Va’eira

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This poem was originally posted on January 22, 2020. I’m gonna harden my heart I’m gonna swallow my tears I’m gonna turn and leave you here — Quarterflash If...

This Way and That – A poem for Parsha Shemot

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He turned this way and that way, and he saw that there was no man; so he struck the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus...

Poem: Shemot

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This poem originally posted on January 15, 2020.   A new King rose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. It is in our nature to be...

Final Arrangements – A poem for Torah Portion Vayechi

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And Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am going to die… …And I have given you one portion over your brothers..." Genesis 48:21-22 Someone I know once...

Poem: Vayechi

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I revel in the fake spoiler. We can’t start a single episode of any television show without me turning to my wife and telling her

Verklemptitude – A poem for Torah Portion Vayigash

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And he wept out loud, so the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard. Genesis 45:2 It doesn’t take much to get me to weep. A minor...

Poem: Vayigash

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This poem was originally posted on January 2, 2020. Like Joseph, I know what it’s like to not have a father for decades. Mine, hidden in the...
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