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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...

A Prayer for Receiving the COVID Vaccine

I have been praying for this day and now it is here! With great excitement, a touch of trepidation And with deep gratitude I give thanks To all...

If I Learned The World Would End Tomorrow

Some people once to Martin Luther turned and asked: “What would you do, sir, if you learned the world would end tomorrow?” to which he replied: “Good...

Poem: Vayigash

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...

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...

Miketz (or How the Wheat Was Won)

If there ever was a series of Torah Portions worthy of binge-studying, this is it. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger - The Story of Joseph: Episode 2. Our hero...

Poem: Olive

A taste as old as cold, cold water, don’t put them in long drinks, but shorter martinis or a Bloody Mary. They clear the head and make...

A Maccabean Op-Ed on Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's abusive comments made about the Jewsshould not be treated by his many readers with impunity,in contrast to my sympathetic but aberrant viewswhich...

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...

Longing For The Pre-COVID Era

Me that 'ave been what I've been -- Me that 'ave gone where I've gone -- Me that 'ave seen what I've seen -- 'Ow can I...

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...

Poem: Vayishlach

This poem originally published December 11, 2019 Somewhere along the Jabbok River which has a different name if you come from the other side of the family Jacob...

Interpreting Life’s Artistry Without Originality

Of life’s artistry interpreters, we find originality a commodity that’s very rare. Artfully we all try to fine-tune without finality great melodies already in the air. Sting (Gordon...

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.          ...

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