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Why Praise is Rare

Beneath the carrion-carnaged carapace lies pride in search of racial self-esteem in a fatal Liebestod embrace with death, while Arabs choose to dream of former triumphs, paying no...

Gimpel the Fool, Don Quixote and the Haggadah

Bashevis Singer’s Gimpel, unlike Cervantes’ Don Quixote, is Ashkenazi, not Sephardi. Both were rather weird, Don Quixote, windmills facing, wears a gentile goatee, Gimpel, fooled by facts...

New Holy Days – A poem for Parsha Emor

The Lord’s appointed that you shall designate as holy occasions. These are My appointed : - Leviticus 23:2 And God spoke to Moses, who spoke...

I’m Done With It – A poem for Parsha Kedoshim

The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself
 - Leviticus 19:34 I’m done with...

Brodsky, Trotsky, Zelensky

Nobel laureated Joseph Brodsky wrote “Farewell,” Ukrainians quitting, calling them kholkols, a racial slur. It thus implied the Russian poet thought of them less well than does another...

The Golden Apple

Prose can be translated into a quite foreign tongue, whereas, Auden asserted, poetry can not, It might be a delicious dish of thoughts that are far...

Peace Not Slaughter – A poem for Parsha Acharei Mot

…and slaughter them as peace offerings to the Lord.
 -Leviticus 17:5 This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed slaughter and peace commingling together in a single sentence in...

How the Song of Songs Upstages Ecclesiastes’ Wisdom

While Shir Hashirim, of all Songs the Song, is to Ecclesiastes’ Qohelet an objection, it takes our breath away by causing us to long not for what...

Dayenu – Another new poem for Passover

If God had only brought us out from Egypt it would have been enough. If we had not come so far in our efforts to break the...

Mah Nishtanah – A new poem for Passover

Why is this night different from all other nights? I’ve always read this as Why and always knew the answer had something to do with being free. But...

Night of Spring Cleaning

When God in Egypt killed all of the first- born sons––it was the last of plagues, the tenth–– the panic that ensued was quite the worst the...

Mountain of Holiness

Whether the capital of Ukraine should be called Kiev or Kyiv is more immediate and maybe just as murky as whether “Turkikiye” should be the name...

Guess Who’s Kohening To Dinner? – A poem for Parsha Metzora

After this, the kohen shall come to look at the house.
 -Leviticus 14:36 Buying a home is complicated. (I’d also like to mention, if you are lucky enough...

When Screams the Soul

From that which our minds can no longer grasp our silent gazes recoil - we turn to look away, failing to understand and yet, somehow must turn again to look ... to perhaps...

Hardly Anything in Common with Myself

Since I have hardly anything in common with myself, why should the world expect me to resemble any of my kin or kith or friends or any...

Under My Skin – A poem for Parsha Tazria

…the kohen shall quarantine him for seven days…And the kohen shall look at it on the seventh day. If it has spread on the...

You Should Eat (As if you didn’t know that) – A poem for Parsha Shemini

You shall eat it in a holy place… -Leviticus 10:13 I’m not going to waste your time telling you the joke about the summary of all Jewish...

Nothing’s So Bad that It Cannot Get Worse

  Things never are so bad that they cannot get worse has sadly been quite true about Venezuela, but staleness is something that you can reverse, preventing bread...

What They Put on My Feetsies – A poem for Parsha Tzav

And Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and bathed them in water…and clothed them with tunics, girded them with sashes, and bound them...

Putin Rhymes Weakly with Purim

  From ayatollahs wishing to destroy the Jewish state, good Lord give us deliverance. According to my sober judgment, there’s between them not an adlayada of...

Putin Versus Zelensky Will Not End On Purim

About democracy I now poetically decide to sing, deploring its opponents such as Putin and Xi Jinping, wondering whether Putin bit off more than he can...

Peace Offering – A poem for Parsha Vayikra

And from the peace offering, he shall bring a fire offering to the Lord -Leviticus 3:9 In the oldest days peace came in the form of slaughter. You...

High Score – A poem for Parsha Pekudei

Now they brought the Mishkan to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings its clasps, its planks, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets ....

Judaism is the Power to Endure

  For Judaism, faith is power to endure the suffering of waiting that changes into sweet the sour taste for baiting and for hating. Solidly it is the basis of halakhah, glimpsed...

A Prayer of Peace for the People of Ukraine

God, Our hearts are with all the people of Ukraine, Its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, And with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Ukraine 200,000 souls Who crouch in...

Malachi Reverses Zephaniah’s Doomsday

Whereas Zephaniah, great pre-exilic prophet, accurately predicts destruction of Jerusalem with the expression yom Hashem, which denotes ‘day of the Lord’, on which all Jews would be imperiled, the great post-exilic...

Curtains Call – A poem for Parsha Vayakhel

Then all the wise hearted people of the performers of the work made the Mishkan out of ten curtains -Exodus 36:8 If you’re following my poems you’ll...

God’s Face – A poem for Parsha Ki Tisa

You will not be able to see My face, for man shall not see Me and live. -Exodus 33:20 What is it about God’s face that would...

Ulysses and DC’s Far Less Comprehensible Crowd

James Joyce presciently said he hoped his Ulysses would keep picky professors busy for centuries while arguing over what he meant. They reap like Macki Messers repartees, with...

The Person I Never Thought I Would Be

I am that person in the back of the ambulance being rushed after a fall to the hospital, Though thankfully without the wailing siren. I am...

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