Jewish Journal

Bells of Thanks

by Emily Stern

February 13, 2013 | 2:14 pm

It is said not to trust anyone who tries to change the
Torah to say, "oh, they didn't mean this," or "I don't have to do

I sit by the players of bells-- twinkly ones and ones
that shook more in the earth's emeralds.

I am seated next to the one who plays banging
reactive drum.

and a drone of the harmonium and the beautiful ways the
buttons are pushed and the freedom in doing the bells- she
musically gifted . . . oh, thank G-d.

And they speak chants of another language in trance are
love for G-d and I get to see you on the subway platform!

and "splendor," I say inside.

Oh, thankfulness I am.

Oh, thankfulness.

because the derech flows and Is river
and dirt road and fenced and sometimes fields . . .

This is gentle advice . . . to not follow any other religion. A
boundary so thin that it is only thankfulness.



Derech is Hebrew for path, or the way

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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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