poetry

December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

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

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On the Road to Dharamsala
Author: Sterling Reed

Here where the grass grows free, wild is awakened in my heart And nature’s skin is unashamed. It bares its innocence and purity and harshness and apathy. Here where man has failed to tame mountains high and unborn trees bursting forth with the green of new life. Here where forces unseen are loosed upon the […]

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Come Meet the Author of Life
Author: Michael O'Connor

  It was one of those quite unspectacular days That sneak up and catch you off guard The kind that you usually let slip away Like leaves blowing out of the yard I was taking my usual brisk morning walk Through fog you could cut with a knife Caught a sign in the window of […]

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Elijah Where Are You?

His silver goblet is filled to the brim
His place at the table is ready
We’ve thrown open the door to welcome him
Though his yearly absence is steady.
But still we wait
And still we hope
And wonder and hope a bit more
Till the youngest among us asks with a smile
Could it be that he’s at the back door?

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Questions
Author: Susan Perlman

A diagnosis. Stage 4 cancer. Anger and fear and hurt descend. Then the questions arise. Why me? And after I die? Is there a God? A heaven? A hell? A nothingness? Something else? How can I know? Good, bottom line, questions. Indiscreet, tactless queries all mortals need to ask. -SP

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Moishe’s Musings
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. Santa. […]

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The BYG* Pic

*Behold Your God is our dream of reaching every city outside of Israel with a Jewish population of 25,000 or more. This month we come to Lyon, France, the second to last city slated for a Behold Your God campaign. The city of Lyon is approximately two hours south of Paris. According to the Jewish […]

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A Haiku for Passover

The following haiku” is also a riddle for Passover. To what do you suppose it refers? Fish that cannot swim— Balls that should not bounce, On our Passover tables. ANSWER One traditional “starter” dish before the Passover meal is gefilte fish. Gefilte fish don’t swim because they are not an actual species of fish; they […]

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Untitled

     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      Until we can figure out what it is all about      Or can we?      Why bother? […]

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Jews for Jesus Founder Confesses: “I Used to Be God”

I was too modest to admit it publicly But I knew I was God. What I wanted was right And I knew those who were righteous Or unrighteous By whether or not they did what I wanted. The good people praised me Honored me Believed whatever I spoke The evil ones did not. I intended […]

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Auf Wiedersehn Waldorf
Author: Ben Wertheim

In 2004, Steve, Janie-sue, Ben and Bekah Wertheim visited Germany together as a family to see where their family had come from… A sleepy town in the middle of farm country, boy tending His sheep in the hills nearby—sees the storm Approaching, running back to the village, leaving his sheep. My father was a bread […]

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Joy at Sukkot
Author: Susan Perlman

Elusive joy For those who wait And know not what they wait for A promise, a path, a person? Unfulfilled joy For those who dream And know not what to dream for Success, satisfaction, a savior savior? Unbridled joy For those who submit And know to whom they humbly submit The Anointed One, Yeshua our […]

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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, boy was I scared we lined up […]

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Zayde

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 strong arms Gathering […]

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Invited (or, Ode for Diogenes)

I wake up in the morning And put on my cynical shirt Button my cynical buttons Straighten my cynical tie And march out with my lantern1 to the marketplace. I sit in my cynical box,2 and wait A woman approaches me A glass in her hand Half-full or empty, she asks? I shrug, who cares? […]

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Two Walls

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. Ardent swaying, lips giving shape to […]

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Permission

If minutes could choose how they would be used Then eleven September’s 8:45 Might have surrendered its life With 9:03 and 9:43, too. But nobody asked the minutes. They say one of time’s missions is to perfect vision. Time can be a healer of pain And it waits for no man; A purpose for time […]

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A Child Questions

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”2 I am my father’s son: His wounds embedded in my core He bequeathed […]

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Celebrations of Light
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 wondrous act. Chanting the blessings with every candle we light, every day […]

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Call Me
Author: Susan Perlman

Call me, he whispers. I’m in the book. But he isnt. Its just a line. Call me, she insists. I want to hear from you. But she doesnt. Shes changed her mind. Life can be cruel. Filled with empty words and half hearted promises. Or can one hope for more? Call me, another voice invites. Im waiting. Ive been waiting all your life. Im in the book. Really. And you will seek Me and find me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29 13

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The Task
Author: Susan Perlman

Stumbling and staggering beneath the load The weight and bulk of sacks of grain More than one can bear The slave plods along the path determined To complete the task The ballerina leaps and reaches above the night Grace and playfulness in her dance Spirit free like a heavenly star Yet it takes all of […]

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Gospel Ads
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 films in the theaters. Even the joy that goes […]

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Messiah Revealed
Author: Jon Isaac

their faces I formed so that mine they would seek ears to listen for the Word I would speak eyes to see, minds to understand all they required I made with my Hand the Law and the Prophets for centuries foretold the birth of a baby begotten of old in words unencoded, with language so […]

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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 by Bread of Life.

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Miriam
Author: Alice Watt

First prophetess, named by Divine inspiration, Daughter of Amram and Jochebed, Child of Israel’s ghetto, Citizen of the enslaved and groaning Hebrew nation, Descended from God’s forgotten deliverer, Student of a mother gifted with faith and ingenuity, Abetting hope’s plot Engendered by trust and maternal compassion, Hidden baby-sitter for her beautiful brother Tenderly thrown” to […]

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Simeon
Author: Mark Greene

Of a morning The ancient breeze would unfurl, Gentle on the old man. Together they would go To the place of promise. And promise had been made, Nested in his heart, And promise had lain there, Content for the future. Only occasionally, as the years blew by, Gusted by anxiety, he would wonder: ‘Will he […]

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