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Edward Hirsch’s Living Poetry, Ripe for Passover Readings


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/twelve_twelve/article/edward_hirschs_living_poetry_ripe_for_passover_readings_20100323

The Kirsch family and the Solomon family have long shared a set of haggadot that include a selection of additional texts that we read aloud at our Passover seders. One of my favorite readings is an article by Yehuda Lev that first appeared in The Jewish Journal, an account of his trek across war-ravaged Europe in the company of Holocaust survivors heading toward Palestine in 1946. Another is a poem by Karl Shapiro titled, “The Alphabet” — “The letters of the Jews are dancing knives/That carve the heart of darkness seven ways.”

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