“The song is the quill of the heart!”
Shneur Zalmen of Liadi (1745-1812)
My spirit’s low
Nowhere to turn
My pen I flow
Ink that burn
My spirit’s weak
Endangered to strife
Hopes look meek
Losing my life
I raise my sword
My mighty quill
With eloquent word
Goliath I kill Continue reading “Blogging, blessing and curse”
“Those who are kind, with reward in mind. Altruistic for fame.
Are likened to one who extinguishes a fire with straw.”
Bachya ibin Pekuda (1050-1120)
“Yesterday, I laughed at your jokes. I enjoyed your company.
And you appreciated mine.
Today, you don’t get me. And I don’t get you.
Your jokes are immature. Your language is dull. Your stories are boring.
Today, I am a stranger.
I am forever alone.”
“We don’t mourn for the departed. For they don’t care.
We cry for ourselves. The realization of our mortality.”
Dear Father that I’ve never met.
Why do I live? Why do I die?
Is it perhaps for hope and love? Or is it for terror and shame? If the former, why am I deprived? If for the latter, why?
Does the world make sense? Where is it? If it’s hidden, what’s the point?
Is it worth living for something I’ll never prove, or is it blackmail? Continue reading “Open Letter”
There is a beautiful, heartwarming prophecy in Zachariah (8:19)
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; “The fast of the fourth [month,] and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah- joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; love the truth and peace.”
The prophet apparently visualizes the day that Israel will be freed from persecution and liberated from their exiles; and thus, the days that were designated for mourning and sorrow in the past, will be days of celebration henceforth. While being naturally comforting, with a little thought we realize its inspiration to be a bit strange. Continue reading “Celebrating Hitler Day?!”
“‘And Korach took‘. What parsha precedes this episode? – ‘Speak to the Israelites concerning the making of Tzitzit (fringes).’ Korach stepped forward turning to Moses: “You say, “Put on the fringe a thread of blue (Techelet) wool.” What about a garment that is itself a blue colour, would it not be exempt from the blue thread?” Moses replied, “It is obligatory to have the blue thread.” Said Korach, “A garment which is all blue is not exempt and four meagre threads do the trick!?” (Tanchuma, Korach)
This Midrash is a little puzzling. It is obvious from the context that Korach had not come to Moses to ask an objective Halacha of tzitzis. He had no interest in the laws of tzitzis; he was asking a rhetorical, philosophical question. He asked Moses, why something perfect would need an outside element to enhance it. Continue reading “Communism and Tassles”
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Deuteronomy 12:32
The following is a description of my experience as an amateur writer, and somewhat a confession. First, I try to take ideas that are eating at my senses, attempt to write them down in the best way possible and then read it twenty times. Eventually, I get sick of reading my own words, so I share the writ with my friends and family. Some of the readers appreciate it and others are outraged (all have grammatical corrections to offer). Whatever, it keeps me busy for a few days. Continue reading “What else is new?”
The Israelites’ journey through the desert en route to the Holy Land was dramatic, adventurous, and Utopian. Enveloped in the Clouds of Glory they were protected from the inevitable dangers of the desert; they ate manna from heaven and drank water from a rock, their clothes were never ragged and their shoes never tattered. In the communal realm, they had many peaceful moments Continue reading “Holy Snakes”