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Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Poetry

The Oy of Cooking – a poem for Torah Portion Tzav

And this is the law of the guilt offering. It is a holy of holies. Guilt is holy. Such a part of the Jewish DNA our Book has...

A Poem for Shabbat COVID-19

I come here tonight, weary, bereft, filled with fear From a week of terrifying unknowns ever so near, A hidden yet overwhelming enemy abides Throughout this nation...

Family Business – a poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

And the kohen shall bring near to the altar, and nip off its head My mother’s maiden name was Cohen so even though the job of...

Virtual Shabbat 

Thanks to the virus, all our friends and synagogues are taking to the internet to beam Shabbat to us in the privacy of our own homes...

Give Until They Ask You to Stop – a poem for Torah Portion Vayakhel-Pekuei

Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the Holy. So the people stopped bringing. Can you imagine a time where...

Poem: Pandemic

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath  — the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just...

Idol Chatter – a poem for Torah Portion Ki Tisa

Come on! Make us gods that will go before us, because this man Moses, who brought us up from the land of Egypt we don't know...

On Not Observing Purim This Year

Sorry, Rabbis of the Talmud, I didn’t dress up in a costume Like I was supposed to, Didn’t get so drunk I couldn’t differentiate bless and curse Like you said we should, Didn’t...

Poem: In Praise of Shabbat Nachos

Not naches, Yiddish for the pride you have when your kid ties his shoes for the first time or stays sober for a year — but...

Poem: Who Am I?

Who Am I? I remember, Growing up and hearing stories of the great Jewish prophets Moses, Noah, and Abraham Their tales of my ancestors and their journeys that...

Poem: Mishpatim

Do not cook a kid in its mother’s milk. Exodus 23:19 I became a vegetarian spontaneously one day in an Islands restaurant after reading a pamphlet from a...

Poem: Yitro

Autocorrect wanted to change the title of this poem, from Yitro to Nitro I almost didn’t change it back. God, after all, descends from the mountain amidst thunder,...

Poem: Beshalach

Do you remember what it was like? Walls of water taller than a Grand Canyon? Our feet on dry land. I have a vague memory of even...

Poem: Bo

Locusts A few months after we moved into our house the ants felt bold enought to join us. Their line from the back door to the trash can,...

Poem: Va’eira

I’m gonna harden my heart I’m gonna swallow my tears I’m gonna turn and leave you here — Quarterflash If you like miracles tangible evidence of the supernatural then this...

Poem: Shemot

A new King rose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. It is in our nature to be fruitful and multiply. To grow strong when left...

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 This is the episode...

Poem: Vayigash

Like Joseph, I know what it’s like to not have a father for decades. Mine, hidden in the Egypt of Texas pretending he was someone else while I...

Every Human Face Is a Menorah

Two ears, two eyes, nose and mouth: the seven gates through which we perceive the world are also seven flames by which we illuminate it, like the seven-branched lamp which stood...

Poem: Vayishlach

Somewhere along the Jabbok River which has a different name if you come from the other side of the family Jacob leaves half his family to meet his...

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...

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...

New Articles

U.S. and Bahrain Agree to MOU Saying Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

On October 23, the United States and Bahrain signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that included a statement about anti-Zionism being anti-Semitism. The MOU stated...

Israeli Arabs Remain Divided Over Normalization Deals with Gulf States

JNS — The Joint Arab List was alone in voting against the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates in the Knesset, upsetting many...

Report: Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Rose 18% in LA County

According to the report, the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the county in 2019 was 93; in 2018, that number was 79. The report noted that the 93 instances is the largest number of anti-Semitic hate crimes that the county has recorded since 2009.

In a Striking Move, State Department Plans to Label 3 Large Human Rights Groups as Anti-Semitic

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual move, the State Department is planning to formally identify three large international human rights organizations as anti-Semitic, citing...

Amid Middle East Peace Deals, Israel and the US Reassert Commitment to Israel’s ‘Qualitative Military Edge’

(JTA) — The United States’ commitment to Israel’s “qualitative military edge” — or having the strongest armed forces in the Middle East — is...

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