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To Be Continued

Answering the final question of a questionnaire with paradoxical transcendence jihad survivor Salman Rushdie said the greatest of all his achievements was, amazingly, “to have continued”, like...

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....

Doomed to Collapse

The Romans turned the Colosseum into a colossal quarry, and were too stony hearted to admit that they were sorry for Jews about how their great...

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...

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,...

Not Taking Yes Or No As An Answer

Not taking yes as answer, Naomi was teaching Ruth how to be Jewish. Jews with strangers feel great solidarity, but aren’t enthusiastic when they choose to join a...

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...

Let Me Ascend the Mountain of the Lord

What it was like for those who were there. What did they feel? What were they thinking?

Darkness and Lightness of the Soul

Bar Yohai lived within a cave for many years, By leaving it he caused his father-in-law great distress. “Alas that I should see you so,” was...

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...

The Cock that Crows in the Jewish Morn

  The first thing for which Jews give thanks to Godeach day is for providing them with clocks.These aren’t the ones most use. It may...

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...

Making Senescence Negligible, Like Galapagos’s Tortoises

  That observation that Galapagos’s geriatric tortoises are able to make slow contortions caused by their negligible senescence, contradicts what all our elders have erroneously taught us...

I Wouldn’t Get Used to This – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

If a man loses the hair on his head, he is bald. He is clean. Leviticus 13:40 No one complains when babies are bald but let a...

Bezalel

My name is Bezalel – son of Uri son of Hur, tribe of Judah – and the man Moses marched me before God to...

After Death

The silence of Aaron remained in the air Even after the last stone Covered the grave, after the strange fire Consumed the flesh. This silence lies in wait...

The Silent Beginning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Before the four sounds played fortissimo violently comes a rest, that lasts just an eighth of a beat, to hear which is quite an impossible feat. You...

The Candle and the Flag

The last vestiges of the memory candles of Holocaust Day have barely melted to quiet and Memorial Day is upon us In Israel.

Ballad of the Bourbon Man — A poem for Torah Portion Shemini

Do not drink wine that will lead to intoxication Leviticus 10:9 I didn’t drink, for no reason at all for more decades than I can remember. I think...

We the Children of the Second Generation

We the children of the second generation Awake in the morning, and we know that on our arm We inherited a tattoo, a number not to...

Wannsee: A Poem for Yom HaShoah

Sheep clouds and sandy light, white sails and motor boats This summer escape was built in 1907 for the working class of Berlin, who could not...

Muse and Moses

  "Sing Muse, of Achilles' wrath,"begins the Iliad, about the grievance of a Greek,whereas the Bible quoth,using an analogous poetical technique,that by the Reed Sea...

One Goat and Then Say Cheese

There once was a goat that was bought for two zuzei, and eaten soon after by one hungry kitty. A dog came along, and the cat was...

Please Don’t Eat My Leg — A poem for Torah Portion Tzav

For I have taken the breast of the waving and the thigh of the elevation from the children of Israel Leviticus 7:34 It makes me wonder what...

Passing Over Melted Snow

What is not passed on now is lost, and it is not enough to borrow the past, for it must be embossed in order to have a...

This is a Lament that Never Ends…

This is a lament that never ends … Another mass killing Another person who transformed a weapon Into the angel of death, Into the plague of the death...

The Triple Salting — A poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

And you shall salt every one of your meal offering sacrifices with salt, and you shall not omit the salt… Leviticus 2:13 If there’s one thing I’ve...

Overdue Haircut

“Haircut twenty dollars” read a sign in a barber’s window during the covid-19 epidemic, in Columbus Avenue, Manhattan. It added: “Overdue haircut, twenty-seven.” Overcharging for corrections...

One for the Artists — A poem for Torah Portion Vayakhel-Pekudei

And he made the menorah of pure gold; of hammered work he made the menorah Exodus 37:17 He is Bezalel, an artist. Because the foundation of any good society...

Immersive Experiences

Though having an experience of the artist that’s immersive is now regarded de rigueur by lovers of Van Gogh, in such experiences I do not wish...

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