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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...

Anthropause

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...

Punica Granatum — A poem for Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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...

Debunking a Hoax About Ahasuerus

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...

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...

Aramaic

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...

Moses

I was there when the man Moses mounted a defense of himself: that he needed no dreams, was never taught to talk out of a trance and...

Train

By morning the children’s clothes had dried on the barbed wire and were packed with toys for the train. The drunks felt themselves sober and the hasty lust...

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...

Giraffes and Liars

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...

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,...

Prayer Facing Imminent Death

Momentarily distinct with our own bodies and our own consciousness, we are blessed to risk love, to parent new life, to create and innovate, to strive and to rest. And...

God, College Education and the Pandemic

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...

A Ploughed Field

A ploughed field abutted the barbed wire and the ploughed field outlasted the barbed wire and the plougher of the field survived to keep ploughing his...

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...

Poem: Beshalach

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

How Should We Address a Tree?

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...

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...

Poem: Bo

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...

A Dream Like King’s

  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

  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...

Poem: Va’eira

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...

A Prayer of Outrage and Hope for our Country After the Siege of our Capital

A president who refuses to accept defeat, Who continues to insist that facts are on his side, Who asks his followers to overturn the results of...

Smile Although Your Heart Is Aching

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...

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...

Poem: Shemot

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

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...

Being Unharmed By Chopped Liver

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...

Poem: Vayechi

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

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...

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