Lost and Found

Over the years,

beyond the tears,

the sweetness of life,

was replaced with strife.

Lost amongst the waves

that wash up on the shore,

and recede back into the deep,

until the grace of G-d

was bestowed upon me.

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A second chance,

given at the cost of leaving

everything behind me,

for the sake of renewal –

amazing in and of itself,

to reflect on this opportunity,

an open door into eternity.

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My vision restored,

after years of searching,

my heart renewed,

upon learning the truth.

My soul embraced

by a divine friendship,

and my faith in G-d above

blessed by His servants on earth.*

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*inspired by the hymn, Amazing Grace

Ashen Fallout

“Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the L-rd, who am but dust and ashes.” – Genesis 18:27, JPS 1917 Tanach

Will you neglect

to protect the innocent,

in the chaos that will ensue

upon the earth,

when the clouds block out

the sunlight across the globe?

The unrepentant have their due;

guard the ones who call upon you

when the ashes begin to fall.

The Well

Jacob, fatigued from the journey,

draws near to the well in the field.

Rachel, the shepherdess, brings

her father’s sheep to be watered.

Jacob’s strength is renewed,

upon seeing his bride-to-be approach.

Seeing the generations unfold,

he moves the stone off of the well.

Sukkot: AfterGlow

The kedushah

of these seven days lingers,

like our hearts, minds, and spirit,

intent on remaining for another day

in Your presence on Shemini Atzeret.

We will carry these sacred moments,

into our lives, during the ensuing months

until we meet again at Pesach.

A Perfect World

A perfected world, according to the designs of man, albeit promising, can not match the divine plan of the Father, who is sovereign over all. Try as we may to succeed, without first studying the Blueprint provided to us by His architectural firm, we only contribute to a modern day Babylon. Although we may seem to speak the same language, the illusion of harmony will fail to convince all.

Leaving G-d out of the equation, is like forgetting to place the mortar between the bricks. We make ourselves slaves for the sake of a common good, that may never materialize. We will only be left disappointed, when the utopia that we seek, morphs into a dystopian reality. Yet, in joining G-d’s team, our hearts will sing, and the poet’s claim will ring true: So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.*

*from William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper, Songs of Innocence (1789)

Flickering Hope

The light of truth, glowing in the darkness,

surrounded by unlit candles, waiting

for a spark of hope to cast out duress,

and bless the flame that will glisten and sing.

Who will avail us, when the last word fails

to resemble anything deemed genuine;

and the house of cards, built upon the lies

of cancel culture crumbles in the wind?

(Causing the utopian dream to singe).

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The utopian dream will soon singe,

when the recklessness of society

gone awry, begins to weaken at the hinge,

that once kept people united and free.

The shadows of the past begin to cast

storm clouds over a brave new world’s likeness,

wherein free speech has been stifled at last,

and the only hope found, is the stillness

of the light of truth, glowing in the darkness.

Rosh HaShannah

apples and honey,
sweeten the New Year’s advent;
Rosh HaShannah bliss.

As Rosh HaShannah, the New Year on the Hebrew calendar approaches, I prepare my soul, so that I might be able to stand before the King on Judgment Day. Selichos (the penitential prayers) have already begun; these prayers will continue, until the eve of the Day of Judgment, when all the world is judged, and decrees are made for the New Year. Yet, charity, prayer, and repentance have the effect of lessening the severity of any negative decrees placed upon us.

The two days of Rosh HaShannah are said, according to the Zohar, to symbolically represent a day of judgment, and a day of mercy, resting upon G-d’s attributes of both justice and mercy. Because the world could not survive upon being judged without mercy. Justice alone would bring harsh condemnation upon all the earth, for no one is able to sincerely live 100% by G-d’s standard; everyone falls short of the mark to varying degrees, because of our “human nature,” as some say, inherited by Adam and Eve, who disobeyed G-d, even while living in Gan Eden (Paradise). So, mercy has a sweetening effect upon our judgment, so that we can be reconciled to G-d.

Diaphanous

Life, in all its transparency, manifest as a many-winged creature, each feather, a diaphanous coterie, designed to support the whole, has begun to molt, shedding feathers prematurely, an unfortunate result of not being able to blend in well with the other feathers. But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky.* Where do they belong?


Like the clouds, the unwanted feathers float down to earth, building a nest for the many-winged creature that has flown off into the horizon. Meanwhile, we wait for its return, when a time foretold by prophets will manifest, in front of the eyes of all peoples. A sudden realization for some; yet, a welcome arrival for others, like the long awaited return of an old friend. Then the many-winged creature will appear, in all of its glory.

*from the poem Clouds, by Constance Urdang

The Climb

A treasured moment to be with you,

a beatific glimpse of chayei olam,

seeking wisdom, abiding in truth,

climbing the ladder to Shomayim.

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Prayer from the heart, sublime in word,

distractions set aside, a time to soothe,

climbing the ladder to Shomayim,

seeking wisdom, abiding in truth.

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The neshamah is in tranquil repose,

hoping to find that eternal song,

seeking wisdom, abiding in truth,

climbing the ladder to Shomayim.

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Peace, sought by way of  yichud,

a oneness that makes life smooth,

climbing the ladder to Shomayim,

seeking wisdom, abiding in truth.