Ashes Risen

We will rise from the ashes,as we have always done,across the generations.When the vitriolic verbosityhas reached its peak, andspills over into persecution,we will not bow to pressure. We will not remain silent,except within our hearts,when we cry out in prayer.Happy are those who wait,until the darkness passesfrom this time on earth.


When merged within the singsong chant of a chassidic melody, the congregant’s souls become one for a brief moment, encapsulated by the deveykus (connection) to G-d that is fostered by the unity. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ The sway of the congregants while davening (praying), like flickering flames on candles, reaching toward heaven, assist the soul’s yearning forContinue reading “deveykus”

Silent Reminiscence

Abandoned by all that was once familiar, shattered by the deception of calculated lies, torn, by the dissolution of a friendship, and the realizations that progressively lead to disillusion, freedom, and renewal. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ A flight to sanctuary, two thousand miles away from everything I knew that seemed to be real; yet, was provedContinue reading “Silent Reminiscence”

Forgotten Possibilities

Many places, arrived at by life’s choices, concretized in time, once a decision’s made. A multitude of possibilities, cast aside, in favor of the one, that changes everything. A blanket of snow in winter, covers all growth, that has since decayed. Spring brings renewal to the heart and mind; consolation to the cobwebs of theContinue reading “Forgotten Possibilities”

Silence of the Pearl

Focused on my own comfort, like an oyster, easily irritated by a grain of sand in its home, I seek to minimize the pain. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ The many coatings of calcium carbonate, secreted as a self-defense mechanism, create a shiny lustrous pearl, treasured by the human aesthetic appreciation. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Shall this notContinue reading “Silence of the Pearl”

Light at Dawn

On the path to reconciliation, between G-d and mankind, many endeavors have been made. Perhaps, as many to replace Him as well; most notably, the Tower of Babel, a failed construction project. Today, “crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end” (Jo Harjo). At least, that is what the architectsContinue reading “Light at Dawn”


1 Nissan 5781 Running, the tempest behind me, still present in my thoughts and dreams; yet, somewhere on the horizon, I can see in the distance, there is a place serene. Joyous within myself, outwardly smiling, my emotions never surface enough to be visible; perhaps, a trait from my ancestors upbringing, learned men of books,Continue reading “Promise”