I came late to sunrise. The hills were lit
with goats. Everything shimmered in
small steps. I closed my eyes.
Let the coffee pot and the crows,
let the car horns and the upstairs neighbors.
Salt into meat
saw it all in the mirror
God is here today. She is a spectacular god...
I fail. Every morning shade drawn,
I had a dinner with a woman mad
Near the Atlantic Ocean, past the last subway station,
This poem first appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of BLIP Magazine (now New World Writing). It was reprinted in the collection “Pointed Sentences” (BlazeVOX, 2012).
How do you measure anything — count your deaths, who loves you, who loves you knot.
Gunter Grass, Germany's Nobel Prize-winning author, has published another poem criticizing Israeli policy.
As a light drizzle tapered off over MetLife Stadium, more than 90,000 Jews packed into the home of the NFL's Jets and Giants for an event quite unlike any the popular sports and concert arena had ever seen.
Every year at Passover, families around the world pull out their Haggadahs for their Seders, and whether they use a traditional text, a modern one, or even Maxwell House, the story and the words remain largely the same. But one man, Rick Lupert, saw an opportunity to do something more than produce just another slight tweaking of the classic text. And thus, the Poet's Haggadah was born.
When the New Reform Congregation [now Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills] was established in 1984, Debbie was our chazzan for 3 years. She responded, and the congregation was thrilled, as truly “the old dreamed new dreams and the youth saw visions.” Our shul was “alive to the sound of music” to Debbie's presence and her music. Debbie gave voice to the voiceless through her voice and her passion for justice.
Best friends Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld argue occasionally. Most often their disputes involve commas, line breaks and word connotations.
Spring arts calender.
Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15
Ginz was a Czech Jew, born in 1928, who died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz at the age of 16. His diary had been lost for 60 years but resurfaced in 2003.
Poet, translator and publisher Peter Cole is among the 24 recipients of the 2007 MacArthur Foundation fellowships, or genius awards, as they are popularly known. The no-strings-attached award, honoring creativity, includes a $500,000 stipend that is paid quarterly over five years.
"The California Modernist Portrait"; "Vaudeville Extravaganza!"; "Five Days of Freedom: Photographs From the 1956 Hungarian Revolution"; Lucinda Williams and Miller Williams; and other events to see during September
With a gift for diction, Kadosh explores the cultural absurdities and political hypocrisies of America, dedicating one spoken-word poem to SUVs, and another to the cheese at the heart of America.
When the 4-year-olds at B'nai David-Judea congregation got cholent on their knees while crawling under the kiddush table searching for buried treasure one Shabbat morning, there was no doubt who was to blame: David Steinberg, whose wild yarns have become a Shabbat morning staple since Steinberg got recruited for the storytelling job when he was transitioning the first of his three sons into a group about five years ago.
Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."
7 Days in Arts
Rabbi Sherwin Wine of Birmingham Temple in Detroit founded Humanistic Judaism in 1963. Today, there are over 30,000 Jews involved with Humanistic Judaism in North America, including 1,000 in the greater Los Angeles area.
7 Days in Arts
The UPS man brought an envelope containing a beautiful ray of hope, an exceptional picture book by Jane Breskin Zalben titled "Let There Be Light: Poems and Prayers for Repairing the World" (Dutton Books, $15.99).
7 Days in the Arts
People around the world read your poems in 33 languages. You were not lost in translation.
Yehuda Amichai, a world-renowned poet and one of Israel's most famous writers, has died of cancer at the age of 76.