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Poem: Freestyle, on the first of Tishri

by Enid Shomer

October 7, 2014 | 2:06 pm

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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 the surface, a scholar

dissecting... read full article

  • 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 Backspacing will fix everything.

    We seek Control too often.

    We Delete the good with the bad.

    We have traded in our feelings...
  • 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 handkerchiefs. My sins

    are dried and brittle now as any leaves

    and barely keep me warm. I have atoned

    for them before, burned...

  • Poem: My first theology lesson

    by Edward Hirsch

    September 23, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    Rumpled and furious, my grandfather’s friend

    stood up in a bookstore on the North Side

    and lamented the lost Jews of Poland

     

    and declared that he felt sorry for God

    who had so many problems with Justice

    and had become disillusioned and sad

     

    since He wanted to...

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  • Birthday of the World – A psalm for Rosh Hashanah

    by Marcia Falk

    September 17, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Today is the birthday of the world.

    But the world knows nothing

    of this invention.

     

    The world just keeps moving about itself,

    buzzing and humming, exulting and keening,

    birthing and being born,

     

    while the mind keeps on its own way—

    form-craving, metaphor-making,...

  • Poem: How to Resist Temptation

    by Linda Zisquit

    September 10, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Read the notes from the morning’s class

    on the Sota

    on the winds of folly

    that blow through the secret place

    where God is asked to vacate

    and no witness sees.

    Don’t mention it to a soul.

    Try to imagine the ink in which all of His Names

    are erased

    and the...

  • Florida: Schoolboy on break

    by Joshua Weiner

    August 27, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Eager to make a catch, any catch he can,

    he grips the rod and sets eye on the bobber;

    imagining the strike, he wants to reel it in

    to see what’s lurking in the water.

    The intracoastal avenue is calm

    until bridge jaws open to let a tall mast pass;

    he loves the clap of...

  • Lost photograph of Trotsky, from the family album

    by Jehanne Dubrow

    August 20, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    In that snapshot of Leon with Great-Uncle So-and-So, they’re slouching

    somewhere equatorial, two Jews exiled in direct sunlight. To the right:

    a cactus, which reminds them it’s thirsty this work — to stand for the

    workers. To the left: some sand as if to say Keep Walking. My...

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