December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

Who is the One who can unite us during the Hanukkah/Christmas season?

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Moishe’s Musings
December 1, 2007
Topics: poetry
Author: Moishe Rosen

I must have been four years old; certainly under five. It was the month of December. We listened to the radio in our home, and I heard the songs about a jolly old man. I saw pictures of him too, in the day-old newspaper we got from the neighbors. And I knew his name....

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Untitled
Topics: poetry
Author: Irving Wiesner

     We come into consciousness, we know not from where      And we face eternity, we know not when or how      We come into consciousness, and eventually consciousness ends…      Or does it?      No wonder we are so angry, frightened, confused and depressed...

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Zayde
Topics: poetry

Zayde You used to call me Shayna maidele, your pretty one As you bounced me on your knee. Oh, your grey beard scared me so! Zayde Did you know I looked In your dresser drawer and found the cherry drops. They were for me, weren’t they? Zayde I can still feel Your...

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Two Walls
Topics: poetry

In his hands, he folds the note, Smaller and smaller The words he’d found so hard to write The question he’d found so hard to ask His feet move slowly Towards the stones touched by holy men Black coats, black hats, gray beards these begin to fill his eyes....

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Celebrations of Light
Topics: poetry, hanukkah
Author: Janna Sanders

In the beginning the world was in darkness God speaking, the Spirit moving let there be light we remember the miracle God’s wondrous act. The temple in darkness desecrated, defiled, a small band of warriors, the victory won, we remember the miracle God’s...

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Gospel Ads
December 1, 1998
Topics: poetry
Author: Susan Perlman

If there is one time of year when the hearts of Jewish people seem to be softened to spiritual things, it’s during Advent. Perhaps it has to do with the positive message” specials on television, the carols on the radio or the plethora of Christmas theme...

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Resurrection
Author: Jon Isaac

Trojan horse triumph of history Innocence murdered to end tyranny Living Word silenced without a remark Sunlight extinguished to kindle a spark Freedom sold to end slavery Man fed to Death to set mankind free Lamb bred for slaughter; Babe born to die Devourer poisoned...

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Holiday Hodgepodge
December 1, 1996
Topics: poetry
Author: Jews for Jesus

About the date on this month’s banner: This isn’t really the December newsletter and it isn’t really the January newsletter. It’s more like a combination—a holiday hodgepodge. We hope you’ll like it! —y.a. ed. (your affectionate editor)...

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Jonah’s Prayer
Topics: poetry, yom kippur
Author: Jews for Jesus

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over...

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An Old Plea, A New Cry

David Cohen slowly folded his note to the Ancient of Days. David is what they call a “dreamer” and only a dreamer would make such a request. Surely the Almighty’s ears had heard countless cries, yes, even demands for the Messiah to be raised up from...

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Compassion: The Small Print
Topics: poetry

Compassion lies down with the wasting as scorpions of death quick-step past, where a legion of underfed icons take part in a withering fast. Compassion turns over tables and then tends to go for the throat of those whose riches are suspect, for Compassion has only one...

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Torah
Topics: poetry, torah
Author: Fredrick Zydek

Here we find the casting of the sacred lot, the defruited branches of the family tree thundering back into life. From nothing comes the stuff of stars— a man walking naked on red earth, the goat-shaped and jawless one smiling as love leaves the garden, sweat...

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Murray’s Song: Healing God
Topics: poetry
Author: Jews for Jesus

Healing God, healing God, healing God, knows the painful paths we’ve trod, lifts us from the grimy sod, leading back to life. Tho’ our song be lonesome still, tho’ it bear a mournful trill, tho’ it be unsteady yet ’twill lead us back to...

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Why I Believe
April 1, 1993
Topics: poetry, resurrection
Author: Chris Hansen

A friend of mine was worried; he thought I’d lost my head. He came to me one evening, and this is what he said. I know you follow Jesus; your faith is very strong. I think you’ve lost your reason! How could you be so wrong? How can you follow Jesus, when...

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The Christmas Dilemma
December 1, 1992
Topics: poetry, christmas

Why can’t we have a Christmas tree? All of my friends have one! Why do we have to be different?” Every year the Christmas dilemma plagues Jewish families who live in countries that are oriented to Christian culture. Throughout the year Jewish people all...

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Hope
Topics: poetry, hope
Author: James Wilson

There is hope in the valley of despair There is light where darkness claims the right There is faith where oppression holds the reins There is life where desolation takes its...

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Lighthouse Point
Topics: poetry
Author: Tina Durham

I remember a stream that cuts through the sand to the sea. Long grass floats in it. The salt water flows into it, and out again, smoothing the round stones on the bottom. Sometimes children step in it, sometimes sand falls into it. But it always makes a path to the...

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He Said, I’m Starting My Journey Now
June 1, 1991
Topics: poetry
Author: Steve Cohen

What a remarkable ending to a fifteen-year story! When I joined Jews for Jesus back in 1976, I wanted everyone to know about Yeshua. But of course like any Jewish believer, I had an even deeper desire to see my own family come to faith. At first I urged my parents to...

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On Jewish Believers
Topics: poetry
Author: Edith Nowak

How could you?” I gasped when I first learned of you. Whoever heard of Jesus for Jews? “How could you betray us with that hated name That brought to our people for centuries shame? That name so uplifted to cast us to Hell, To curse us and kill us, evict...

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Went To…
Topics: poetry

Went to Rome once Saw the Coliseum Now inhabited by numerous stray cats Imagined cruel Emperors, savage crowds, howling relatives, bigger cats and inwardly retched. Also saw a red-haired Chinaman and a one legged Italian riding a bike. Went to Munich once Glorious...

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The Man Who Walked
Topics: poetry

(Genesis 22:6-8) The man who walked with fire in his hand Rose early, that his work might soon be done. He took a knife, he took his only son To a high mountain in a barren land. As at first light the climber takes his stand To spy a route (where men say there is...

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Seasonal Figure
Topics: poetry
Author: Murray Paddack

Peering down at the burden she’s enfolding With timorous tenderness and love— A mother now, a very young one— Rejoicing that His will be done, Almost afraid to breathe, to move, For fear she may find it’s a dream she’s holding. It is no dream,...

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Original House
Topics: poetry
Author: Heidi Borton

Capstone and stumbling block, the house falls in your absence and the people cry, prayer-weary, out of the abundance of their blood for they have been their own sacrifice, they have wailed at their own execution and noon and sunrise have passed. Their power lies in...

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A Tale of Two Names
September 1, 1989
Topics: poetry, yom kippur
Author: Alana Tilles

One of the ways we Jews for Jesus missionaries gain new contacts is by cold calling.” We find Jewish surnames in the local phone book, call total strangers and try to discuss spiritual matters with them. In this way, The Liberated Wailing Wall has had...

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Passover Seder
Topics: passover, poetry
Author: Jews for Jesus

We prayed with our feet,” Gramma said every year at Passover, remembering her flight from Russia. (Snow. Cold. Running in woods, Romanian border. Run. Run. Run.) Young spring has given the first violet hyacinths. White lace drapes the table. Our ancestors live...

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At Fourteen
Topics: poetry
Author: Karen Ratzlaff

Barely blossoming, Neither woman nor child. Not understanding my creation Or the world’s. Not seeing a purpose in being… Till you rent the veil, And confusion melted. In a moment of repentance, The abstract became reality. Abba, Father, Now I am yours. A royal...

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Gomer
Topics: poetry
Author: Jews for Jesus

The voice of love caressed my soul, embraced me, beckoned me, And I so very thoughtlessly yet willfully fled away. The voice of love is now a faint song, a whisper of long ago hard to hear, yet heard reaching, I remember when it was strong and vibrant when I could...

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Service and Self-Interest
April 1, 1985
Topics: poetry
Author: Avi Snyder

A popular hymn capsulizes the essence of Mark 10:44 by exhorting, If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.” It’s a lovely song and the words are so true. So why don’t we take them more seriously? Servanthood is...

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Zayde
Topics: poetry

Zayde when I was a little girl you bounced me on your knee and called me shayna maidele” Your pretty one. Oh, your black beard scared me so! And zayde I always loved to look through your dresser drawer and find the cherry drops you had hidden there But no one...

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Choice
Topics: poetry
Author: Sheldon Scher

I can choose— To be relaxed, dormant in thought and deed; To accept only that which is laid on me: Like a stone that receives no input, transmits no output And makes no choice as to the moss on its surface, I can choose to be oblivious to my environment. I can choose—...

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The Chain of Dances
Topics: poetry
Author: Ytzchak Lamdan

The chain is not torn, The chain still continues, From the fathers to the sons, From generations to generations, the chain still continues… The chain is not torn, The chain still continues, From nights of joy of the Torah, Unto nights of the joy of Masada, The chain...

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I Remember
Author: Susan Perlman

Birth I remember sitting on daddy’s lap my pretty one” he used to say “give daddy a nice big kiss” I’d smile, put my chubby arms around his neck real tight then plant a big messy kiss on his rough cheek I remember the first day of school,...

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What’s It To Me?
Topics: poetry
Author: Gail Simonowitz

So enough already, I don’t want to hear. They say you’ve got answers, well, I just don’t care. You talk about love, forgiveness and faith but what have you done to stop all the hate? What of the sorrow, the pain all around? What have you done to make...

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Where was God When the Six Million Died?

God was mourning over the dead, the persecuted, those whose minds were scrambled with the lust for power. God was suffering along with every humiliation and each act of violence. God was weeping over the lost souls who were hurled namelessly into eternity. WHY DID GOD...

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