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Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Poetry

Chayei Sarah

I What is it with this this mortal impermanence? You live and do things and the end is inevitable. Like a story called life which begins with...

A Poem For Parsha Vayera

I A child is born. They name him laughter. Another child is sent away as if blood doesn’t exist. The original seeds of a divided Jerusalem are sown right here. Hardly anyone...

Poem: Lech Lecha

Consider the very first jew — Abraham. Not even his name when the whole thing started. Had a reputation. The kind of kid who would destroy the...

Poem: Windburn

There’s something about Santa Anas tobogganing down western slopes that stirs the crazies down below. Pyromaniacs get out their matches, serial killers eye their knives, acorns drop from old...

When the Untouchables Are Touched

At 4:37 a.m. on July 26, 2019, police responded to a call. A homeless woman was attacked while sleeping on the streets of Portland,...

Warts and All

Funny how the things that bothered are the things I miss jumbled pj’s in the closet toothpaste landscape in the sink feather tickle that raised goosebumps honed to quills...

Tower of Power

Power drives and power cords Power surges tranquilized by power strips Power moves at hot-spot power breakfasts Power bases pouncing on a power shift PowerPoint presentations at high-power...

Reminders for the New Year  

Dip the apples in the honey, not the other way around. Your napkin supply and fingers will thank you. Practice blowing the shofar ahead of time but, please, do...

Sting Like a Butterfly

My mother laid it out for me: even changed into a butterfly I’d still have a caterpillar’s face. Geisha-fluttering in summer gardens or blossom-shopping on a pastel breeze I’d...

The Cake Topper

They stand arm-in-arm, expressions thoughtful. The groom, in his tuxedo, holds his top hat across his lower belly like a shield. The bride, in...

Born and Raised

Swampscott, Scituate, Cotuit — ragged towns on rugged coast softened by the sun. Ocean tides and noontime whistles measured summer’s taffy days, nighttime crickets’ legs rubbed love songs, sunburns flaking...

Forbidden Fruit

Is it thrill of domination, the slip-slide roller coaster of because-I-can that makes important men risk everything for one forbidden shudder? Do lizard brains delete what’s known to whisper their forever tales into...

Poem: Oath of Disloyalty

I am a disloyal Jew. I am not loyal to a political party. Nor will I be loyal to dictators and mad kings. I am not loyal...

CA Man’s Poem on Trump’s ‘Disloyal Jew’ Comment Picks Up Following

On the morning of Aug. 21, Reb Irwin Keller woke up with poetry in his head. "I grabbed my phone and started dictating. I then...

Kinah for Tisha b’Av 5779

We ask Eikhah? We ask how and why and by whom? For the children who cannot understand why their parents won’t come in the night...

My Lamentations (Eicha)

Fury has come. Truth has been hidden in plain sight And those refuse to see through their hearts And eyes  to know, really know, we are One great,...

Cinema Paradiso

My husband goes to movies on the inside of his forehead, where he’s a spy in fancy suits.  Gorgeous girls admire his abs and other things about him I’ve...

Later

We put the elevator in for later, when pills queued up on nightstands and rubber soles squeaked through halls. It was an item on the master plan, like...

Abracadabra

It’s better not to know the trick that lets the caped man  saw the girl in two. We look for clues each time the hoop is passed —  delighted...

We Keep Getting the Stink-Eye – A poem for parsha Balak

Moab became disgusted because of the children of Israel. We keep getting the stink-eye from Moab and their ilk. They’re looking for our horns and checking their wallets when...

Game Face

At playoff games, I almost kiss the guy in G-14, conjoined in Final Fever, we rise together for each full court press, toes clenched as though it’s our feet launched...

Thumbs Down

I wring my hands, I cannot clap The play on stage so drab and dark Between the plot points yawning gap Strangled scenes that rarely spark The play...

Nevertheless We Resisted

It isn’t like they didn’t try to tell us with charts and graphs  and documentary footage of the ice cap melt and whales rotting homeless on receding sand. We...

If We’re Going to Occupy A Promised Land, There’d Better be Grapes – A poem for parsha Sh’lach

  All of them were men of distinction; they were the heads of the children of Israel. Not all men of distinction are worthy of their title. Just...

Happy Camper

I might have been a happy camper at a place with heated water and electric lights, where the mess hall didn’t smell like vomit and the rafters...

The Foundling

At some point every child  fantasizes herself a foundling, left on a doorstep by a princess to be raised by a simple shoemaker and his wife.  The princess-mother...

The Only Child

They were older than the other parents,  gray and pale, with consonants that gargled when they said come in. They played Beethoven sonatas on their hi-fi and taught...

Apology for the Genocides

TO:  Victims FROM:  Management RE:  Current claim We regret that our associates (whom we never met) raped your women (so beautiful) and gunned your men down in the streets (violence a continuing...

Carlebach Moshav of Love and Prayer Up in Flames

Devastation abounds in me. My entire moshav (settlement) in Israel has burned down and been destroyed. My parents and two of my brothers’ families...

Lose the P

SUBTRACT youth’s silver smile KNOCK OFF teenage slouch ZERO guitar fantasies DEDUCT hipster cool TAKE AWAY belief that good things come in time if you put time in MINUS...

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The nomination of Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran who now frequently appears on Fox News, made headlines this week after CNN’s K File unearthed a long history of the retired colonel’s comments.

Israeli Cabinet Meeting Canceled Amid Ongoing State Budget Dispute

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David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force Chief, Is Stepping Down

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A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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