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Life in the Murder Cities — A poem for Torah Portion Vaetchanan

Then Moses decided to separate three cities on the side of the Jordan towards the sunrise, so that a murderer might flee there, he...

Table for Five: Va’etchanan

You Gotta Serve Somebody

Perfectly Imperfect — A poem for Torah Portion Devarim

Do not be broken or afraid of them -Deuteronomy 1:29 I recently crossed my own river or, that’s a metaphor really – it was a mountain. It landed...

Table for Five: Tisha b’Av Special Edition

The Sweet Pain of Lamentations

Words and Sheep – a poem for Torah Portion Matot-Masei

Shall your brethren go to war while you stay here? Numbers 32:6 I used my twenty-first century sensibility and technological skills, to determine the feminine equivalent of the...

Table for Five: Matot-Massei

Conquering the enemy within.

Dividing the Tater Tots — A poem for Torah Portion Pinchas

You shall apportion the Land among these as an inheritance, in accordance with the number of names. -Numbers 26:53 My twelve-year-old takes a census of items on the...

Table for Five: Pinchas

Did God's reward for Pinchas contain a reprimand as well?

What the Donkey Saw — A poem for Torah Portion Balak

The she-donkey saw the angel… -Numbers 22:25 Animals sometimes see things we don’t or don’t yet. They’re the best earthquake predictors. My cat alone sees things in dimensions I...

Table for Five: Balak

May All Our Enemies Become Our Advocates!

The Rebels Yell — A poem for Torah Portion Chukat

Now listen, you rebels, can we draw water for you from this rock? -Numbers 20:10 with apologies to Billy Idol Last night a thirsty Israelite, came kvetching to...

Table for Five: Chukat

The Most Mysterious Law In The Torah

Reminders – A poem for Torah Portion Korach

...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...

Table for Five: Korach

Am I Fighting For Justice Or Am I Lashing Out Like Korach?

Rising to the Occasion — A poem for Torah Portion Shelach

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...

Table for Five: Shelach

Why Would We Yearn For A Place We Hated?

Second Chances — A poem for Torah Portion Beha’alotcha

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....

Table for Five: Beha’alotecha

The Song of the Levites

May I Suggest? — A poem for Torah portion Nasso

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...

Table for Five: Naso

A Torah Lesson in Personal Pronouns

Marching Orders — A poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

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,...

Table for Five: Special Shavuot Edition

It’s no accident that a convert to Judaism mothered the dynasty of King David and Moshiach.

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

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...

Table for Five: Behar Bechukotai

A 3300-year-old law that could not have been written by humans.

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...

Table for Five: Emor

Compassionate eating is not just a virtue, it’s a commandment.

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...

Table for Five: Acharei-Kedoshim

All Good Things Need Boundaries

Table for Five: Tazria-Metzora

What can we learn from an ancient disease that was actually a physical manifestation of a spiritual malady?

Table for Five: Shemini

When the Tabernacle was complete, the wedding between God and Israel could finally proceed!

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