Tag Archives: Judaism

Passover: Blood on the Door Posts

Norman Finkelstein’s powerful poem reflects on the mixed history commemorated by the Passover seder. The event that marked the beginning of the Israelites journey home was also a night of death.

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Live in the Layers, Not on the Litter

In a perfect poem for Yom Kippur, Stanley Kunitz urges us to look through the litter and wreckage of our lives and see instead “the layers.”

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Waiting for the Messiah to Knock

Steven Schneider’s Hanukkah celebration occurs in a place the old patriarchs never could have imagined.

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Rich Reflects on Yom Kippur & Conflict

Adrienne Rich’s meditates on the meaning of Yom Kippur in light of America’s divisions and her own longing for solitude.

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The Journeys of the Night Survive

“Akiba” is a powerful Passover poem by Muriel Rukeyser that links the flight from Egypt to other liberation struggles.

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Yom Kippur – Disordered Souls Thirsting

The spirit of Yom Kippur is captured through the harvest imagery of a Jane Kenyon poem.

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How Rosh Hashanah Is Like Swimming

Poet Enid Shomer describes Rosh Hashanah as a swimmer beginning on the surface but eventually sinking deep within the water/rituals.

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Out of Darkness, Sanctified into Being

Rashani’s poem captures the miracle of Yom Kippur by describing the unbroken arising out of brokenness.

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A Night Different from All Other Nights

In celebration of the Jewish Passover, which begins Tuesday, I post this beloved poem by Primo Levi, written in 1982, which many people now incorporate into their seder rituals. Knowing that Levi was an Auschwitz survivor gives the poem a special poignancy.

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Believe in the Utter Sweetness of Your Life

A beautiful Yom Kippur poem by Philip Schultz.

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Entering the Days of Awe

Spiritual Sunday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of year when Jews do a spiritual self assessment and take upon themselves responsibility for the sins of the world. As the “days of awe” commence this coming Wednesday, I went looking for a good Rosh Hashanah poem. I found an excellent one by […]

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