fbpx
Thursday, October 1, 2020

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 paved the way for mine
They sing within me

I remember,
Christmas time as a child,
Decoration everywhere
Trees, lights, and presents
My soul interested, but lost
Until 8 shimmering lights led me to my home
Hanukkah
It sings within me

I remember,
My mother tongue
Foreign to the American world
But loved by my family around me
Embracing our souls and empowering our motherland
Hebrew
It sings within me

I remember,
Crying and crying when I couldn’t fit in
The vast American world
Suffocating me in its cultural confinement
But she called to me
Reminding me of a place where I could always feel at home
Israel
She sings within me

Years and decades pass
The world shifts and grows
But something never changes

The beauty,
Pain,
Love,
Fear,
Strength,
Comfort,
Diversity,
Judaism
It screams and fights within me

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Latest Articles

Sisters, Secrets and Shivah in the Novel ‘Evening’

Nessa Rapoport tells her tales with utter clarity and dignity, and yet her prose also is charged with energy, emotion and sly humor.

Jewish Groups Praise Newsom for Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Newsom said he vetoed it because the latest draft "still needs revision."

Five Trends Jews Should Watch For in the Election

As I watched the disturbing Trump-Biden debate on September 29, I couldn’t help but think about the ways that Jewish voters would react and what that will mean for the election.

‘I’m Not Going to Get Stuck’: Ahead of the Election, Growing Numbers of US Jews Consider Leaving

An immigration lawyer in Toronto said that she has seen a spike inquiries from American Jews about moving to Canada.

Prop. 20 Will Take California Backwards

As I reflect on the meaning of Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday centered around forgiveness and reconciliation, I become deeply concerned about Proposition 20, an initiative on California’s November ballot that seems to contradict these principles.

Courage Is Found in Taking Off Our Masks

Yes, we all wear masks. And yes, those masks can protect us. But they also can  become barriers to the light that is within.

Israeli President Calls Swastika Graffiti in Britain on Yom Kippur ‘Shocking’

"Words of condemnation are not enough. We need #Holocaust education and remembrance."

Coastal Roots Farm’s Creates Drive-Thru Sukkot Event

This year, the farm's Sukkot Harvest Festival will look a little different because of COVID-19.

‘The Keeper’ Features a Soccer Star, a Rabbi and War Guilt  

It is fitting that “The Keeper,” set post-World War II when people and nations across the globe were groping for a new normalcy, is opening in the Los Angeles area in the virtual format that has become our new reality.

Culture

Sisters, Secrets and Shivah in the Novel ‘Evening’

Nessa Rapoport tells her tales with utter clarity and dignity, and yet her prose also is charged with energy, emotion and sly humor.

Coastal Roots Farm’s Creates Drive-Thru Sukkot Event

This year, the farm's Sukkot Harvest Festival will look a little different because of COVID-19.

‘The Keeper’ Features a Soccer Star, a Rabbi and War Guilt  

It is fitting that “The Keeper,” set post-World War II when people and nations across the globe were groping for a new normalcy, is opening in the Los Angeles area in the virtual format that has become our new reality.

AJU’S Brandeis-Bardin Campus Provides Weekend Getaways for Sukkot

As Jews continue to navigate celebrating the holidays, American Jewish University (AJU) is creating unique, family-friendly, socially distanced getaways.

Nefesh Community Explores How to Become an Anti-Racist

Organizers say this is part of an ongoing dialogue about anti-racism, in tandem with the Tikkun Collective, the wing of the Nefesh community working with other organizations around specific campaigns and social issues.

Latest Articles
Latest

Sisters, Secrets and Shivah in the Novel ‘Evening’

Nessa Rapoport tells her tales with utter clarity and dignity, and yet her prose also is charged with energy, emotion and sly humor.

Jewish Groups Praise Newsom for Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Newsom said he vetoed it because the latest draft "still needs revision."

Five Trends Jews Should Watch For in the Election

As I watched the disturbing Trump-Biden debate on September 29, I couldn’t help but think about the ways that Jewish voters would react and what that will mean for the election.

‘I’m Not Going to Get Stuck’: Ahead of the Election, Growing Numbers of US Jews Consider Leaving

An immigration lawyer in Toronto said that she has seen a spike inquiries from American Jews about moving to Canada.

Prop. 20 Will Take California Backwards

As I reflect on the meaning of Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday centered around forgiveness and reconciliation, I become deeply concerned about Proposition 20, an initiative on California’s November ballot that seems to contradict these principles.

Hollywood

‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel Starring Jennifer Grey Announced

It’s official: A “Dirty Dancing” sequel is coming, and it’s starring Jewish actress Jennifer Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman in the 1987 original.

Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen Over Being Pranked Can Proceed, Judge Rules

By the time the episode aired, it was widely known that Cohen was punking public figures.

Podcasts

Pandemic Times Episode 91: Gaining Strength During Holidays

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. How Jewish holidays offer ideal "timeouts" for healing and growth. How do we manage our lives during the...

Pandemic Times Episode 90: Yom Kippur in a Pandemic Can Be Our Most Meaningful

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. Reflections from Rabbi Mordecai Finley on going deep on Judaism's holiest day. How do we manage our lives...

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

x