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  • Abraham

    June 12, 2013 | 6:14 pm

    I came late to sunrise. The hills were lit
    with goats. Everything shimmered in
    small steps. I closed my eyes.

    The Kinneret sits back in its water
    waiting to be made to shine.
    My blood is like the sea.

    Jerusalem against the sun. People
    draw lots for the shadows
    and put...

  • Sravana

    June 6, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    for Sylvia

    Let the coffee pot and the crows,
    let the car horns and the upstairs neighbors,
    let the blow dryer and the bombs
    going off in your brain, let the meditation bell
    or the telephone be what wakes you up.
    Sweetheart, you do not need to be
    more than you are.
    Let the...

  • What I Married Into

    May 29, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    Salt into meat
    browned briefly.
     
    Carrots, paprika, potatoes.
    As it is written on her greased page.
     
    I sing Dayenu, improvise verses
    as I churn the soup.
     
    Meal of bitter herbs I married
    into. Chopped apples and cinnamon.
     
    Matzos wrapped in linen.
    Silver...
  • Visionary revisionary

    May 22, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    saw it all in the mirror

    of the chlorinated pool

    world’s swimming under-painting

    you in it

    as moving

    us,

    future-to-past, a fugue;

    if not

    what you’d call

    a God

    then a name

    a fear –

    of being –

    ordinary

    Jake Marmer is a poet and performer. His debut collection, “Jazz Talmud,” was published by the Sheep Meadow Press earlier this year. For more information, see jakemarmer.wordpress.com

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  • Here Today

    May 15, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    God is here today
    She is a spectacular god,
    Good company and magnificence. She sings, barks,
    And is an able contortionist (she learned this in India.)
    She does splits when you don’t expect them,
    Has a big vocabulary, is part Jewish
    Part Buddhist part wind.
    She plays...

  • You breathed it into me

    May 8, 2013 | 11:23 am

    I fail. Every morning shade drawn,

    hair brushed, swaying, I can’t

    fasten to the words, Hebrew letters

    breathe, young sparrows in my palm.

    Yes, calm stands up in the coolness

    of morning, light pushes, falls

    from under the shade’s edges.

    A skittering stops me at each...

  • The Mirror Psalm

    April 19, 2013 | 11:04 am

    I had a dinner with a woman mad
    for God. I told her I have learned to walk
    without a crutch. She told me I was made
    to look like him but I have always thought
    he has my nose. So am I God’s worst blunder
    or is he mine? She told me I should raise
    my children in my image. That’s...

  • The Way to Holiness - D’var Torah Acharei Mot/K’doshim – Leviticus 19

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 18, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Exalted One –
    You call us to holiness,
    To climb the ladder,
    Higher and higher,
    To reach as far as we might,
    But never to rise above the angels.

    You call us to purity,
    To be as priests,
    In this world,
    Separate and apart,
    As intermediaries  
    Between our flawed humanness...

  • Yiddish yesterday, today and tomorrow. Interview with Thomas Soxberger

    Ian Shulman

    April 18, 2013 | 1:25 am

    Thomas Soxberger was born in 1965 in Lower Austria. He moved to Vienna to study History and Jewish Studies. In the early 1990s Thomas participated in Yiddish Summer Programmes in Oxford. 1998-2000 - Master Degree in Yiddish Studies at London University. After moving back to London,...

  • Becky and Benny in far Rockaway

    April 10, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Near the Atlantic Ocean, past the last subway station,

    Streaks of sand on the sidewalk,

    Armies of aging Jews soaking up sun

    As if it were Talmud,

    And the rickety white stairs

    To an apartment like a frail body.

     

    My uncle and aunt were both warty, like alligators.

    ...
  • birth day, an album by Emily Stern

    By Emily Stern

    April 4, 2013 | 4:22 pm

    Birth Day is an album of 8 songs woven with lyrical melodies and 3 intricately crafted poems orchestrated almost entirely by natural sounds. It explores archetypes and the divine feminine in our collective unconscious with extreme sensitivity to the complexity and daring of...

  • Mad love

    April 3, 2013 | 8:41 am

    The time they drove through Delaware
    lis­ten­ing to Poogy, plan­ning the future

    and she sat up like a Cha­gall bride, told
    him she was afraid. “Of what?” he asked.

    “Of an icy life” she said. No fear of that
    he assured her, and she believed him, madly.

    This poem first...

  • Talmud Study

    March 28, 2013 | 4:10 am

    How do you measure anything —
    count your deaths, who loves you, who loves you knot.
    Today you are the ox, tomorrow the victim
    of the gorging ox.
     
    You build a house, you are holy,
    but your walls are shaky.
    Inside there is wine to be drunk.
    Outside there is a plague....
  • Seder Night

    By Emily Stern

    March 21, 2013 | 3:54 pm

    you are the child moses
    you are the river in red.
    the scared child is a myth
    the child within
    you are the child moses and
    will soon be free and dreamy
    follow him.

  • Once imprisoned, now free

    Pavel Pustelnik

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    The poetry of Naftali Herz Kon was finally released from the imprisonment of the Polish Archives.

    In January this year I was exploring complicated happenings around the poetry of Naftali Herz Kon. The poet was accused of espionage and all his archives were confiscated in the...

  • A Poem for the Month

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 4, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    This month has been full of loss.  I wrote this poem in response.

    We dream of beginnings without endings, blessings without sorrow.  Life without time, a soft spiritual impression a divine secret dwelling in our hearts, a yearning for an eternity of...

  • sinking

    By Emily Stern

    February 21, 2013 | 11:57 am

    you're drowning in a sea of love.

    it's not the worst death

    choosing life.

  • I Love You Shane Koyczan

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2013 | 6:53 am

    A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook and I have watched it a dozen times, just this morning.  I had no idea who Shane was, but in watching this video I have done a little research and discovered that Shane Koyczan is remarkable.  Watch this  video.  It is important, it is beautiful, and it matters.  Everyone should see it, share it, understand it, and learn from it.

    To Shane, I fell in love with you this morning.  

    I am a fan, and I am keeping the faith.

  • Bells of Thanks

    By Emily Stern

    February 13, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    It is said not to trust anyone who tries to change the
    Torah to say, "oh, they didn't mean this," or "I don't have to do
    that…

    I sit by the players of bells-- twinkly ones and ones
    that shook more in the earth's emeralds.

    I am seated next to the one who plays banging...

  • Rest

    By Emily Stern

    February 11, 2013 | 8:26 am

    you can stay if you want.
    rest here a little
    or as long as it feels long,
    oh gentle world

    truly gentle.

  • 25 Rules For The Creative

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 17, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    1 - Feel, don't intellectualize
    2 - Don't try to be good- just be
    3 - The goal is to finish within the form
    4 - It doesn't have to mean anything, it just has to make you feel everything
    5 - The world seems like disconnected pieces, show its unity
    6 - Find freedom in structure...

  • German poet Gunther Grass slams Israel in second poem

    October 1, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Gunter Grass, Germany's Nobel Prize-winning author, has published another poem criticizing Israeli policy.

    The poem also praises Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison after being convicted in 1988 of treason and espionage for leaking Israel's nuclear secrets to the...

  • Sukkah #1

    By Emily Stern

    September 28, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    The moment that we made it here
    to the sukkah of his I don't need to feel anything
    I don't want to do anything except build
    I do in peace.
    I don't need this to be a sexual metaphor, or one of comfort. You don't need to have a face
    for me to love you. It doesn't need to even be...

  • With poetry and scholarship, Daf Yomi Talmud study grows beyond Orthodox

    August 2, 2012 | 11:04 am

    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.

    They came dressed in black and white, but not for any sports team. Instead...

  • Poet’s Haggadah story

    April 13, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    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...

  • In loving memory of our chazzan, Debbie Friedman

    January 20, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    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...

  • Poetic justice for controversial Israeli writer

    January 5, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Best friends Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld argue occasionally. Most often their disputes involve commas, line breaks and word connotations.

    Bloch and Kronfeld work together to translate Hebrew poetry, including “Hovering at a Low Altitude,” the collected works of late Israeli...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • Spring Calendar

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


    MARCH

    Sun., March 9
    Barrage in "High Strung." The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a...

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