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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Questions
Topics: poetry, death, illness
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
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. Santa….

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Untitled
Topics: poetry

     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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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 strong arms Gathering…

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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. Ardent swaying, lips giving shape to…

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Celebrations of Light
Topics: hanukkah, poetry
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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Gospel Ads
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 films in the theaters. Even the joy that goes…

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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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Holiday Hodgepodge
Topics: poetry

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) P.S. Yeshua said that not one jot or tittle will pass from the law until all is fulfilled….

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Jonah’s Prayer

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 me….

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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 the living ruins of the city of King David….

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Sweet Singer of Israel: Unpublished Poems and Devotional Thoughts of Max I. Reich, With a Memoir by His Son
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: Sweet Singer of Israel Author: Max Isaac Reich Date Published: 1972 Publisher: Books for Libraries Press ISBN: 978-0836981278 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: Sep 1, 1995 This unusual book is a little gem for anyone interested in Jewish missions and Jewish Christians. Max Reich (1867-1945) was for fifteen years head of Jewish Studies…

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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 coat. Compassion was flayed without mercy abused on…

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Torah
Topics: poetry, torah

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 sweetening the land, ones’ second born dead in the…

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Murray’s Song: Healing God
Topics: poetry

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 life. Pillar of smoke and Pillar of fire, vision of a…

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Why I Believe
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 you know that…

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The Christmas Dilemma
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 over the world struggle with the question of their Jewish identity,…

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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 toll

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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 ocean under the chalky…

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He Said, I’m Starting My Journey Now
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 read the evidence…

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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 and expel? How dare you…

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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 city Thought about the inevitable, articulate bully boys leading a nation into…

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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

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, Israeli maiden, Or rather, it’s a dream come true, Far…

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A Tale of Two Names
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 opportunities to approach unbelieving Jewish people all across the country….

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