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  • Poet ponders what transpired after photographer’s shutter clicked

    5 days ago

    The 1913 photograph by August Sander on the cover of Adam Kirsch’s third book of poetry, “Emblems of the Passing World: Poems After Photographs by August Sander” (Other Press), shows two young women in high-necked blouses gazing at the camera over cups of morning coffee. One sits...

  • Poem: On Her Deathbed, Bessie Beckoned My Mother Close

    3 weeks ago

    Once, a pocket was not attached to a woman’s clothing,
    but tied around
    her waist with a string or tape.

    It would contain cellar keys, a paper of pins, a packet of seeds, a baby’s bib,
    a hank of yarn or a Testament.

    Or enough money to be buried,
    so she would not burden her family.

    Published in "5AM," Spring 2006

    Patty Seyburn has published four books of poems. Her most recent is “Perfecta” (What Books Press, 2014). She is an associate professor at CSU Long Beach.

  • Chana Bloch’s new poems on art, life and the old world

    January 9, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Great anticipation and much pleasure always accompany the release of a new book of poetry by a major poet. This certainly is the case for Chana Bloch's “Swimming in the Rain, New and Selected Poems 1980-2015” (Autumn House Press). The book includes 29 new poems and includes...

  • Carol’s Poems

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 15, 2014 | 9:20 am

    Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is said, God decides who will live and who will die in the coming year. During that in-between time of judgment, a woman I’ll call Carol died quietly in the night while her husband, who I’ll call Samuel, slept.

    I only met Carol twice. The...

  • “While God Weeps”

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    July 30, 2014 | 11:47 am

    While God Weeps,

    The children of Abraham continue to slaughter one another,

    As it was before, so it is now, hatred and mistrust fogging our ability to see the humanity in one another.  Palestinians unable to see the humanity in Isaac, Israelis unable to see the humanity in...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Let's Work

    In this week's portion, Lech Lecha, we learn about a fight between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot. There was plenty of space for everyone, but they weren't getting along so it seemed too crowded. Our rabbis teach us that when two people get along, they can...

  • Friends Unite to Rock the Classroom

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a sunny afternoon at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood, fourth- and fifth-graders rapped to a poem about slavery, accompanied by a ponytailed musician on an African drum.

    "This isn't necessarily proper English," the musician said afterward, while helping ethnically...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bush Suspends Embassy Move

    President Bush again suspended moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Invoking a waiver that cites national security reasons, Bush again resisted complying with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which mandated that the U.S. Embassy be moved...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    It's Washington's birthday today. Why not celebrate another national treasure? Three Shuls in Concert, a cooperative venture of three Westside synagogues: B'nai Tikvah, Kehillat Ma'arav and Mishkon Tephilo, presents "Theodore Bikel in Concert." The folk singer, storyteller...