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Adventurer’s Prayer

Holy Bountiful One,  You give us life as a gift, to safeguard and to relish. If we only guard, we will never truly taste. If we rashly...

Consent is Everything – A poem for Parsha Vayishlach

And Shechem the son of Hamor, the Hivvite, the prince of the land, saw her, and he took her, lay with her, and violated her. -Genesis...

Silencing Doubt by Winning and Not Being Offside

In games we play the best way that we have to silence any doubt that we might win a game of sports, is winning, just as...

GOATS! – A poem for Parsha Vayetzei

And became exceedingly wealthy, and he had prolific animals, and maidservants and manservants, and camels and donkeys. –Genesis 30:43 I count myself wealthy by the number...

Instinct, Intellect and Religion

We must resolve the conflict between instinct and what’s generally considered to be its antithesis, intellect. Although the former is more difficult to understand it should be...

Stolen Election – A poem for Parsha Toldot

And he said, "Are you my son Esau?" And he said, "I am." –Genesis 27:24 I like to think of myself as part of the...

Now Indeed Indigenous

When Abraham, admitting to the Hittites he was not indigenous, said “I’m a stranger who would like to be accepted as a resident,” he hoped to...

The Entire Thing – A poem for Parsha Chayei Sara

And she said to the servant, "Who is that man walking in the field towards us?”…And Isaac brought her to the tent of Sarah...

A Hurrah in Brooklyn for the Downfall of Stalin

“Hurrah!” in a pre-messianic matter tells Jews to stand up and keep fighting. Even though I'm not a Superman, I'm of this mantra a tremendous fan, fulfilling it...

Another Failed Test – A poem for Parsha Vayera

Drive out this handmaid and her son, for the son of this handmaid shall not inherit with my son, with Isaac. -Genesis 21:10 Think of what might...

Rabbis and Orchestra Conductors

It was not his ability to inspire people with interpretive comprehension that made Bruno Walter a great conductor, but his faith in music --- especially...

Cheshvan: A Time to Be Still

The Jewish calendar is guided by the moon.

Don’t Think About Infinity – A poem for Parsha Lech Lecha

Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So will be your seed.. -Genesis 15:5 There...

Misanthropology after the Expulsion from Eden’s Garden

You must see that it’s wrong that following the Shoah there can only be no poetry, because to save from Flood all living beings, Noah used wood God...

Old Promises While the Ocean Rises – A poem for Parsha Noach

And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and between you and between every living creature among all flesh, and the water...

The Burning Bush, the Tabernacle and Solomon’s Mines

When, as a shepherd, Moses turns, recovering a straying lamb, God tells him: “My name is ‘I Am,’” the God within the bush that burns, but strangely does...

Just do it

Before we Jews assemble around the Sabbath table, we welcome angels, but before we say kiddush we send them all away, because we are not able,  till...

Firsts – A poem for Parsha Bereshit

And his brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who grasp a lyre and a flute. -Genesis 4:21 Fresh out of the garden and...

Every Day is New Beneath the Sun

Every day is new beneath the sun; Ecclesiastes got it wrong. His message I believe should be undone: that is the message of my song.   Everybody needs a...

Water and Sand – A poem for Parsha Vezot Hab’rachah

For they will be nourished by the abundance of the seas, and by the treasures hidden in the sand. -Deuteronomy 33:19 I’ve never lived more than a...

Face Time – A poem for Parsha Ha’azinu

And He said, "I will hide My face from them…” -Deuteronomy 32:20 Yes. No. I don’t know. Those are the three answers my students used to give me when I’d asked...

The Etrog in Eden

It’s possible the etrog was the fruit which God told Adam not to eat while Edened. He did, and therefore had to make himself a suit,  by sinful citron-induced pleasures...

The Appeal of Lies

Aquinas, who equated truth with joy, may not have realized the quite treacherously troubling fact that lies appeal to nearly all the hoi polloi, since passion for...

Fasting Ain’t Fast – A poem for Yom Kippur

If I were to vote for the most poorly named Jewish ritual it would be fasting because, let’s face it, it ain’t. Empires rise and fall...

Five Ways to Make Shabbat Dinner the Highlight of Your Young Family’s Week

The practical and spiritual benefits of setting time aside for Shabbat dinner might be exactly the boost our households need.

Silence of Isaac and the Ram

I wonder if a major reason that the aged Abraham was willing to sacrifice his young son Isaac, son of his old age whom we...

Ripping Off the Bandaid – A poem for Parsha Nitzavim

God will once again gather you from all the nations, where Adonai, your God, had dispersed you. -Deuteronomy 30:3 I’m a rip off the bandaid kind of...

Remembering ‘V’ for Vichy

In Laval-ruled Vichy France, collaborationist was a term for someone worse than a collaborator, The difference hardly more than just semantic, Pétainist no less that the collaborator...

Don’t Half-A*s It – A poem for Parsha Ki Tavo

and you will observe and fulfill them with all your heart and with all your soul. -Deuteronomy 26:16 and to make you supreme, above all the...

Ein Kerem

This poem is a tribute to the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, who died on September 22, 2000, in the Hadassah Hospital that overlooks the...

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