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Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Poetry

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...

Children of Abraham

Efrat settlement Written during the first intifada, late ’80s Children of Abraham both of us children of Abraham who walked this holy land with staff in hand and faith Children of Abraham who...

Poem: The Five Things You Must Know About Rosh Hashanah

We owe apples everything, dip one in honey so you can feel that gratitude on your tongue.

The Liminal (Yom Kippur)

When the sky is orange at nine a.m., it looks like dusk.  It’s the transitional time Of twilight and morning Of nothing itself.   On Yom Kippur, in the liminal...

My Current Promised Land

At dawn, when I face east and cypresses, I smell the ocean. In the stillness of the heat I hear the palm tree creaking,   dates...

They’re Circumcising Hearts Now: A Poem for Torah Portion Nitzavim-Vayelech

And the Lord, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring My first thought, and you’ll forgive me everyone who cringes when even...

Nitzavim

This is for you. You standing at the mountain and you who only read about the mountain in a book. This is for you, all of you. Your leaders,...

People Have to Eat Every Day — A Poem for Torah Portion Ki Tavo

in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that...

Poem: Ki Teitzei

If you are at war and find your captives are beautiful the laws of our people, seventy four of which are listed this week, tell you this could lead...

That’s Not Your Ass: A Poem for Torah Portion Ki Teitzei

You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep straying, and ignore them. you shall return them to your brother. I’ve been dreaming of oxen...

Shoftim: A Septuplet of Haiku

I Worship an idol be put to death. These are the laws of our people. II A king shall write two Torah scrolls in his life. No mention of a queen. III Priests...

Poem: Re’eh

Welcome back to the longest orientation meeting in the history of orientation meetings. I hope someone is writing all this down, because he is still talking. He...

No Animals Were Harmed in the Writing of This Poem – a poem for Torah portion Re’eh

you may eat meat, according to every desire of your soul. Hello! Vegetarian poet speaking. I’m here to tell you my soul is conflicted about its many...

Poem: Today I am Jewish

I am joining a nation of people who have suffered and struggled to find acceptance and a place to call home.

Words are All We’ve Got: A Poem for Torah Portion Eikev

Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your God… …who fed you manna in the desert I think this is what Joni Mitchell had in...

My Holy GPS: A Poem for Torah Portion Va’etchanan

But beware and watch yourself very well, lest you forget the things that your eyes saw These are things I saw – A set of ancient words...

Devarim

You’re invested and this is the beginning of your final time in that world.

What it Takes: A Poem for Torah Portion Devarim

How can I bear your trouble, your burden, and your strife all by myself? It takes a village It takes a shtetl It takes two or more It...

Matot-Massei

I like to think of Israel as a promised land a refuge, a holy place where everyone in my extended family belongs. But how many Midianites did...

Bus Bench Lessons – a poem for Torah Portion Matot-Masei

And all the young girls who have no experience of intimate relations with a man, you may keep alive for yourselves. This was Moses speaking Not the...

Pinchas

It’s always nice to see a project through to the end. Especially one you’ve been working on for forty years, a lifetime really, though back then...

600,000 Followers is Pretty Good

These are those counted of the children of Israel: six hundred and one thousand and seven hundred and thirty As far as numbers go, that’s pretty...

Yelling at Rebels – a poem for Torah portion Chukat-Balak

Now listen, you rebels, can we draw water for you from this rock? Moses…not known for his witty banter not one to give the troops a hard...

Building the Beloved Community: A Prayer

Holy One, we quiver when we consider how long you’ve taught us to love one another, to have one law that governs us all, one standard of...

Donkeys Lead to More Donkeys – a poem for Torah Portion Korach

I have not taken a donkey from a single one of them Back in the day donkeys were like pennies. And if you’re reading this in the...

Kaddish for Black Lives

This original message was published Friday, June 19 by the Jewish Multiracial Network. It has been republished with permission. This Friday night Shabbat coincides with Juneteenth, the...

Poem: Sh’lach

Just out of Egypt for a year or so and we already have a system of espionage. Spies! Sent to the promised land. An advance party...

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