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My Plant Based Renaissance — A poem for Torah Portion Emor

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 Mot-Kedoshim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

"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...

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

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...

This Way and That – A poem for Parsha Shemot

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...

Final Arrangements – A poem for Torah Portion Vayechi

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...

Verklemptitude – A poem for Torah Portion Vayigash

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...

What Have I Done? – A Poem for Torah Portion Miketz

And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh the king of Egypt Genesis 41:46 When I was thirty years old, I had overcome nothing. It was...

You Can’t Choose Your Family – A poem for Parsha Vayeshev

And they took him and cast him into the pit I grew up without a sibling so never had the young impetus to throw mine into a...

Let Me Count the Angels – A poem for Torah Portion Vayishlach

I saw an angel face to face, and my soul was saved. Let me count the angels in my life The ones with skin, the ones...

Love Like Jacob – a poem for Torah portion Vateze

So Jacob worked for Rachel seven years, but they appeared to him like a few days because of his love for her.          ...

The Rule of Threes – A poem for Parsha Toldot

And the man became great, and he grew constantly greater until he had grown very great. Of all the numbers in the ancient text three is one of...

The Water in Your Well – A poem for Parsha Chayei Sarah

and she will say, 'Drink, and I will also water your camels I didn’t have much growing up but I have everything now and I’m glad to...

The Electoral Collage – a poem for Torah Portion Vayera

Arise, go forth from this place, for the Lord is destroying the city It is election night and I don’t want to go to sleep without knowing...

Neighbors – a poem for Torah portion Lech Lecha

Please let there be no quarrel between me and between you… Please part from me; if left, I will go right, and if ...

Glaciers, Cats and Covid (Oh, My) – a poem for Torah Portion Noach

Everything that had the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils, of all that were on the dry land, died. I like a Torah...

I’ve Loved Her Since Before the Garden – A poem for Torah Portion B’reishit

a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. When I got married, we had an...

Kick ‘em in the where? – A poem for Torah Portion Vezot Habracha

May the Lord …strike the loins of those who rise up against him and his enemies, so that they will not recover. Once in the Chicago...

Sing it to us Mo! — A Poem for Torah portion Ha’azinu

Remember the days of old; reflect upon 
the years of generations I’m as nostalgic as they come. I remember walking around my high school during the first...

They’re Circumcising Hearts Now: A Poem for Torah Portion Nitzavim-Vayelech

And the Lord, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring My first thought, and you’ll forgive me everyone who cringes when even...

People Have to Eat Every Day — A Poem for Torah Portion Ki Tavo

in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that...

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