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Monday, May 10, 2021

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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.          ...

How Jewish Vegetarians Celebrate Thanksgiving

This is why on Thanksgiving non-vegetarians have a custom to eat turkey. It’s because the tasty bird was thought to come from India, whose Hebraic name is hodu,...

Poem: Vayetzei

I It’s getting so all my poems about the Torah read like a JDate ad campaign run by old Uncle Laban Jacob, two wives and their handmaidens...

Poetry Inspired By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The 13 poems in this collection were inspired by the teachings and books of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In the flood of appreciation for...

The Rule of Threes – A poem for Parsha Toldot

And the man became great, and he grew constantly greater until he had grown very great. Of all the numbers in the ancient text three is one of...

Poem: Toldot

Jacob and Esau fighting in the womb like kittens one escapes, the other hanging on by a foot. Our first family ladies and gentleman. One grows hair while their father grows blind. One...

A Dreidel for Hanukkah

Song by Emily Stern from Rebbe Nachman's teaching about the mystical meaning of the dreidel. What did a star do to be awarded thus? and what did...

Aren’t the Heavens Far Too Far?

Aren’t the heavens far too far from earth for us to pay them very much attention? Should not earth’s accommodating girth, despite its gross distension and pretension, inspire...

The Water in Your Well – A poem for Parsha Chayei Sarah

and she will say, 'Drink, and I will also water your camels I didn’t have much growing up but I have everything now and I’m glad to...

Poem: 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 Prayer for Our Country After the Election

Our nation has chosen a new leader To guide us forward in this challenging time. Help us, God, to unite our great country In the wake of...

The Electoral Collage – a poem for Torah Portion Vayera

Arise, go forth from this place, for the Lord is destroying the city It is election night and I don’t want to go to sleep without knowing...

Poem: 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...

Neighbors – a poem for Torah portion Lech Lecha

Please let there be no quarrel between me and between you… Please part from me; if left, I will go right, and if ...

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...

Voting is Holy: A Reflection and a Prayer

A Reflection: Life's paradox and promise: continuity across time, minute modifications day by day, as living things reinvent themselves in a flow that shifts caterpillars into butterflies tadpoles into leaping frogs....

Poem: Noach

It’s not a good sign when already in chapter two everything gets destroyed. It’s the same way with my son and the instructions-less Lego sets. He builds and builds and...

Poem: Bereshit

In the beginning God made everything.  According to scientists, the beginning took billions of years.    I’ve taken to counting my ribs.  I want there to be one less...

I’ve Loved Her Since Before the Garden – A poem for Torah Portion B’reishit

a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. When I got married, we had an...

My Papa’s Imprint On Me

His head hovered above a massive bowl of milk eddies and lingering crumbs. I observed him as he watched spirals of pink, orange, and brown collide...

Kick ‘em in the where? – A poem for Torah Portion Vezot Habracha

May the Lord …strike the loins of those who rise up against him and his enemies, so that they will not recover. Once in the Chicago...

Sinking Feeling

You know that feeling when you’re running late and there’s no hot water and you’re on hold forever because everyone who doesn’t want to...

Sing it to us Mo! — A Poem for Torah portion Ha’azinu

Remember the days of old; reflect upon 
the years of generations I’m as nostalgic as they come. I remember walking around my high school during the first...

Ha’azinu

I’ve always said go out with a song. Let it be the last taste in their mouth the culmination of the experience. This one’s a little bit...

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