poetry

Holiday Hodgepodge
December 1, 1996
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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The Gem
Topics: poetry

As I sift Within the sacred earth— Burrowing Searching Uncovering, I contemplate And reaching deep, Take hold Of Israel’s hope. A gem I find— The bright and morning star. And in my hand Eternal beauty Reigns And deigns To be mine, Its facets sharp, A two-edged sword. And I am pierced With loving penetration As…

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Prayers
November 1, 1996
Topics: poetry

Uncertain about prayer, we turn to a higher power and, with language that is not ours, use pronouns like thee and thou, verbs like beseech and art as though, so far beyond our reach, God might depart if he didn’t hear such peculiar speech.

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The Substance of Regret
Topics: poetry

Some days it’s easier to listen than think. The brain gets rooted in its own pleasures, starts poaching in the Great Thing’s dream. I was born to be for ever at odds with my freedom. I try to choose things subtle and divine, but end up honoring the silly moon. My best dreams huddle like…

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When There Was Nothing
May 1, 1996
Topics: poetry

When there was nothing There was I Lighting volcanoes Stretching the sky Sketching the veins of an acorn leaf Painting the gloss on the tiger’s teeth When there was nothing I was there Buffing the buffalo Grooming the bear Curling the cobra in his coiled-up cave Rippling the river and frothing the wave When there…

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Jonah’s Prayer
March 1, 1996

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
January 1, 1996

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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Graveside Poem
September 1, 1995
Author: Russ Resnik

On Tisha B’Av my fathers sat by gravesides and memorial, intent on grief, on a Polish mound under iron skies to stalk their prey. Overtaken, its bitter yield, salted by tears for their sins and Zion’s pain, strengthened them for exile’s task and nourished hope. They looked up from their graveside, and far in the…

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The Hard Times
Topics: poetry

I need the pain, the hard times, and the fears; for it is then I see You more clearly through my tears. And I am drawn so close to You, it seems I feel Your breath upon my face. You comfort me, and draw me to my knees. You give me peace, and calm my…

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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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Sometimes It Takes Time
May 1, 1995
Topics: poetry

A few years ago, I had a chance to speak at a certain church on the south side of Chicago. There may have been more than fivehundred people who came that night to hear our Jews for Jesus presentation. At least one of them brought along an unbelieving Jewish friend, Richard. I did not meet…

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How Beautiful Are The Feet
September 1, 1994
Topics: poetry
Author: Tina Durham

the hard whorls of skin like horn the calluses polished like ivory the sole stained yellow from old sandal leather the clean instep arching above the dirt the heel curving away from the earth and the ankle strong and supported

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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
March 1, 1994
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
January 1, 1994
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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Glass Knights
July 1, 1993
Topics: poetry
Author: Tina Durham

…blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a dark and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:15-16 And the glass knights move their fragile hands to touch the world. Light flows through them: their lives separate truth into bands of light that we can…

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Go Tell My Brethren
April 1, 1993
Topics: poetry
Author: Moishe Rosen

Before God called me into the ministry I worked for a large cemetery in their pre-need sales department. The cemetery officials always did their best to counteract the grim reality of that place. As much as possible they tried to shield visitors from all suggestion or thought of the harsh finality of death. We salesmen…

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

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Prayer
November 1, 1992
Author: Tina Durham

Father, when the trees fall on my future and block my path; when hope becomes a joke I cannot tell; then you do the unexpected—your wonder and your glory revealed—you show me paths I would never find alone. And you alone can take this man I’ve married, make his heart a fresh field. Hope is…

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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
July 1, 1992
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
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 read the evidence…

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Magdalene Ran
March 1, 1991
Topics: poetry

Hurry Mary, go tell Peter and John Tell them what you saw Tell them he’s not here Tell them. The Messiah is risen! Go tell them. She had known the Lord, and as she walked thoughts of him went tumbling through her mind. Everywhere he had walked he healed, revived breathed hope and peace. He…

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On Jewish Believers
November 1, 1990
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…
September 1, 1990
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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