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Jewish Poetry

In Israel: A Poem In Honor Of Yom Ha'atzmaut

Eitan Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Sixty-five years ago the State of Israel was born. Yom Ha'atzmaut commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The root letters of the word atzmaut can be translated as "essence." This poem is my attempt to share and celebrate a small slice of Israel's essence.

Netzach: Eternity Calls Us Forward

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

What is it that calls us forward,/ To lift our eyes/ And see that everything is possible?

The Bush Is Always Burning: A Poem For The Week Of Tiferet

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

Whose gaze am I willing to meet?/Certainly the azalea bushes,/Ablaze in yellow and red. Absolutely the cherry blossoms/But what about the man in the subway/Smelling of urine and weeks worth of grime?

Counting The Omer: A Mystical, Mathematical Poem

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Turning potential into actual/Entering imagination within factual/Performing fixings in the spiritual/Attempting transformations in the physical...

Upside Down, A Passover Poem

Chava Tombosky | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

Quiet the volume and listen to the noise / Underneath the veins of the city that's alive / art cries through the mouths of starving folk / songs cry through the vocals pleading hope.

Words Of Wonder: How Jewish Poems Become Songs Of Praise

Josh Fleet | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Josh Fleet

There's a boundary that must be crossed before a poem can sing its song. Read enough times, a verse becomes like breath, and the words flow within. Then, the music emerges, and thus the words ascend.