Jewish Journal

  • Poem: Commentary

    by Linda Pastan

    September 30, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    Sometime between the chaos of Genesis One

    and the Tower of Babel in Eleven,

    God created language with all its busy verbs,

    its vowels and...

  • Poem: Sukkot in Jerusalem 5743

    by Rabbi Stanley Chyet

    September 24, 2015 | 11:03 am

    eternal cycle of fig and aloe olive and oleander:

    a quiet place to watch

    the reaching skyward

    the kicking free of this unquiet dust

    the finding...

  • Poem: Angels

    by Marcela Sulak

    September 16, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    If the groans and shrieks of martyrs, the shofar cry

    of Yom Kippur really rend the heavens, then I picture it

    like this: clouds are ripped as if by...

  • Poem: Days of Awe

    by Joy Gaines-Friedler

    September 9, 2015 | 10:59 am

    September. The moon’s gone empty

    as though it too seeks a place inside itself.

    The pool equipment stowed, the mowers

    returned to the shed. A quiet...

  • Poem: To Scare the Devil

    by Hal Sirowitz

    September 2, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    The reason the Jews blow the shofar

    on Rosh Hashanah is to scare away

    the devil, Father said. He doesn’t come back

    until after Yom Kippur, which...

  • Poem: Ritual

    by Lori Levy

    August 27, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Is it for our smiling faces
    that she gets up at seven on Fridays to put an apron on
    and stand in front of a hot stove, even in the summer heat

  • Poem: Dante Lucked Out

    by David Lehman

    August 19, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    T. S. Eliot held that Dante was lucky

    to live in the Middle Ages

    because life then was more logically organized

    and society more coherent. The...

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