Jewish Journal

Poem: How to Make a Jewish Marriage 1949

by Rachel Mennies

March 26, 2015 | 11:15 am

Photo is from the cover of "The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards"

Beware the grinding fist, the blanched knuckle, the outstretched hand.
Beware the man who takes any girl’s face between his... read full article

  • Poem: The Hebrew Word for Mysticism is the Same as To Receive

    by Joy Gaines-Friedler

    March 18, 2015 | 4:02 pm

    I was walking across the parking lot

    morning smell of lilacs

    when a girl fell like a bird


    Blood splayed from her...

  • Poem: Pursuit

    by Myra Sklarew

    March 11, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Like the deer stag in my garden

    who batters his head with his hind leg


    to free himself from a huge poplar branch

    caught in the great crown of...

  • Poem: The History of the Date

    by Marcela Sulak

    March 4, 2015 | 4:01 pm

    Those aren’t wrinkles, merely places where

    the skin is burrowing to lick her own

    dark sweetness. Since her body’s fashioned from

    the clay...

  • Poem: Josephs, In a Time of No Peace

    by Susan Terris

    February 25, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    A gnarl of streets
    and Purim boys — my sons with striped towels
    for their many-colored coats — roam them
    until a rock, a boom, debris.

    Then a rain...

  • Confronting Israel in poetry

    by Avishay Artsy

    February 18, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Journalists who cover the Israel-Palestine situation understand the difficulty of finding words that don’t bring with them the burden of history and...

  • Poem: Where I Live Now

    by Charlotte Mandel

    February 18, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    Tall Janet’s cane sounds a jangle of keys

    Melvin keeps time to a thud as he seizes

    the wooden handle of his, rubber-tipped, sorely

    needed on...

  • Poem: From the Whirlwind

    by Rabbi Stanley F. Chyet

    February 4, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    From the whirlwind

    a voice answers

    the ill asked question

    and the answer is

    no answer

    a caution

    a rebuke


    an evasion

    for the question...

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