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Legal Hot Takes – A poem for Parsha Mishpatim

I You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor man in his lawsuit. Exodus 23:6 I tried to buy a lawsuit once but they wanted to upsell...

Tongue Tips – A poem for Parsha Yitro

if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth. –Exodus...

The Talking Tree and Tu B’Shevat

Before the fifteenth of Shevat a tree was crying: “I can’t talk!” I should feel sorry for it, but it should have cried, “I cannot walk!” Yet strangely...

My Daughter’s Wedding

Lungs expand when offered air. Little sacks collapse with exhalation, then revive and swell with each inspiration. Breathing is like love, the air creates space where none had...

Count Your Blessings – A poem for Parsha Beshalach

On that day the Lord saved Israel from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dying on the seashore. Exodus 14:30 It is said...

Disembittered by the Maror-Mirror Sweet

The Egyptians embittered, Hebrew wayemareru, the lives of Israelites, which were, however, sweetened by their wives, their mirrors showing them, the midrash says, how lovely they...

My Own Personal Egypt – A poem for Parsha Bo

But if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor who is nearest to his house shall take ...

The First Three Plagues: A New Exegesis

God aimed the first of ten plagues against the Egyptian gods, the river Nile and idols that were made of wood and stone, and aimed...

Frogs Everywhere – A poem for Parsha Vaera

And the Nile will swarm with frogs, and they will go up and come into your house and into your bedroom and upon your bed…
 –Exodus...

Webb Answering Questions We Did Not Know We Had

The James Webb Telescope that was designed to help us see what happened billions of years sooner after the Big Bang than any telescope before, was brilliantly...

About Georgina

Everyday I walk to the edge of the continent. I pass by a mysterious house on a beautiful street, named after the daughter of the...

Do You See The Fire? – A poem for Parsha Shemot

Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I
 should take the children of Israel out of Egypt? –Exodus 3:11 We’re starting a new...

“I Am That I Am”

  While the Second World War, the one the Jewish people darkly to fire lost, was raging, it occurred. I refer to, if you didn’t realize, the Holocaust, the cause of which...

Fatherly Advice – A poem for Parsha Vayechi

Jacob called for his sons and said, “Gather and I will tell you what will happen to you at the end of days. –Genesis 49:1 We’ll say...

Breaking the Historical Line

Had Blücher been a little late at Waterloo, or Cleopatra’s nose been just a little shorter, as speculated counterfactually by Blaise Pascal, or had there been a...

Everybody Loves Changes – A poem for Parsha Vayigash

Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. Genesis 45:3 I don’t like change. I’m even afraid...

What Losing Means for the Jewish Team

“Losing means that you at least were in the race,” about himself, not Jews, said Robert Dole. We never would have lost the race if we...

My First Hanukkah

I remember my first Hanukkah. I was seven years old and my mother walked into the bathroom with a Charlie Brown toothbrush and said This is your Hanukkah...

Questions – A poem for Parsha Miketz

When the entire land of Egypt hungered, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread -Genesis 41:5 What sound does the call make? Whose ears is it arriving...

Good Luck with that Resurrection, Brother!

About two thousand years ago a Jewish comic used graffiti in a Jewish catacomb by illustrating, with religious circumspection, Jewish humor, drily writing for the dry...

Ode to the Potato Pancake

Oh God, my God of all the gifts You have given me the potato pancake rises above all my cherished possessions. We are a people of the lasting...

This is All We Know of Er – A poem for Parsha Vayeshev

Now Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death. -Genesis 38:7 This is all we know of...

Indigenous Berserk

An Odd Thanksgiving Ode to Bret Stephens To use a term that first was quoth by Jewish Jerseyman, Phil Roth, “American indigenous berserk” doesn’t seem for me to...

Natural Born Coveter – A poem for Parsha Vayishlach

But Esau said, "I have plenty, my brother; let what you have remain yours." -Genesis 33:9 We, in the land of plenty are natural-born coveters. The inches on our...

Brothers Should be One Another’s Keepers

Jacob showed no fear of angels when he had to wrestle with one, but he feared his brother Esau, both men greedy when they lived at home...

A Self-Made Cloud of Smoke – A poem for Parsha Vayeitzei

Reuben went in the days of the wheat harvest, and he found dudaim in the field and brought them to Leah, his mother -Genesis 30:14 I recently stood...

Esprit d’Escalier

“Was the ladder---Hebrew sulam--- which our father Jacob dreamed about dramatically an elevator or an escalator?” asked my grandson to my son, a rabbi-mohel, Zak. I answered:...

Old Friends – A poem for Parsha Toldot

Why have you come to me, since you hate me, and you sent me away from you? Genesis 26:27 Some of the friends I have today are not...

Isaac’s Benison and the King James Bible

Before Isaac promised young Esau his benison he asked him to hunt and prepare him some venison, punning in English, which Moses then spoke, his Hebrew translation...

The Water Waited

The water waited for him to start again

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