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Poem: Climbing

by Yehoshua November

November 19, 2014 | 12:00 pm

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This morning,

in the small basement shul,

amidst several Chassidic students lost in prayer,

I looked up from my siddur

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  • Poem: Isaac’s Body

    by Hilene Flanzbaum

    November 12, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    The Lord took note of Sarah as He had promised, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

              -Genesis 21:1

    From the beginning she had not...

  • Poem: Elegy for a Child Who Fell

    by George Ellenbogen

    November 5, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    This fallen child, whose empty eyes

    mourning could not harmonize,

    nor the reaching requiem

    contain the wood enclosing him

    slips from the circled reach of eyes

    without a jolt, without surprise,

    whose stuttered step has stumbled in

    to words that now embroider him.


    Published in Blue Unicorn magazine.

    George Ellenbogen is the author of five collections of poetry and a memoir, “Stone in My Shoe: In Search of Neighborhood.”

  • Poem: 55th High School Reunion

    by Elaine Terranova

    October 29, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Smoked fish, an omelet station. It was a bar mitzvah

    but only the grandparents were invited

    and the child may just have died. 

    We wore on our...

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  • Poem: Sigh in Silence

    by Patty Seyburn

    October 14, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Ezekiel 24;17

    said the Lord, this sigh indiscernible,

    although the si- contained is louder than

    the second fiddle, second syllable

    that ebbs...

  • Poem: Freestyle, on the first of Tishri

    by Enid Shomer

    October 7, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    The metaphor here is the pool, regular

    and deep as the tradition itself. First I float,

    still and buoyant in what I don’t

    accept. Then I shatter...

  • Guide for the Jewplexed: Ashamnu for computer users—a keyboard confession

    by Edmon J. Rodman, Contributing Writer

    October 3, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is customary to pound one's SHIFT Key as we recite each line:

    We know our Apple better than the apple of our eye.

    We think that B...
  • Poem: Yom Kippur

    by Linda Pastan

    October 1, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    A tree beside the synagogue atones

    of all its leaves. Within the ram’s horn blows

    and sins come tumbling down to rest among

    old cigarettes and...

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