Sukkot

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.

Silent Reverie

Silence,
opens to potential,
provides a fertile void,
for sincere thoughts
to blossom.

Yet, words unspoken
out of fear, or cowardice
will continue to haunt
the conscience over time.

I will not remain silent,
as the world descends
into the grey of conformity,
suppressing all other colors.

I will not be complicit
with the faceless tyranny
of political correctness,
that crushes the voice of truth.

I will not become one
of the passive bystanders
who watch in silent harmony,
the rise of the technocracy.

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.

Freedom

Freedom Quenched

The common blunder of mankind, is to not inquire;

group think will render us helpless, to be plundered in the mire.

Under common rule, the populace is deceived;

living under tyranny, all are suspect, no one is believed.

North Korean defectors speak of outlandish tales;

unknown to Westerners in a world of opportunity and sales.

Russian emigres still live in fear of KGB reprisals;

Holocaust survivors shudder at current antisemitic uprise.

The souls of my ancestors call out in admonition from the grave;

testimonies of Shoah atrocities, generations bear the pain.

Like cattle led to the corral, people may become docile;

the herd mentality, the bovine mind, becomes servile.

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Freedom Regained

The soul of the global citizen suffers at the helm of its own ship;

in the view of the technocracy, we are nothing more than a radar blip.

A country divided is conquered, as a dystopian world becomes united;

conformity does not equal harmony, in a land that has been blighted.

Nothing seems to be clear, when living in a state of confusion;

where the fires of injustice, fan the flames of societal transformation.

Quietly smoldering since the 1960’s, this smoking cauldron

gains a foot in the door, in the name of the common good.

As this country crumbles, morphs, and folds;

the banished voices will linger, unless boldly told.

The heart will continue to yearn for more than empty promises;

in order to transcend a materialistic world, truth must not compromise.

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.

Turning Point

Time is perceived as a precious commodity;

Uniting past and present, becomes a goal.

Never without a challenge, the lone seeker,

Nor without controversy, as he blends the years,

Expending every effort, to create a makeshift whole,

Longing for harmony, patching memories together.

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Vincit omnia veritas,* blossoms into a new beginning,

Instilling peripheral vision, diminishing myopia;

Serendipitously, all  appears to be in focus in life.

Inherently, each day may only grant limited insight;

Omniscience is reserved for the primum movens,

Necessitating our spinning around the axis mundi.

*truth conquers all things

Perseids

The tears of Laurentius, flowing

down to earth, signaling a rebirth

of heaven and earth, upon the turf

of G-d’s ever expanding creation –

from the center of the universe

towards the furthermost edge of space,

the human race rests, in anticipation

of the meteor shower every year.

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As the comet’s tail sheds debris,

visible to the eye, most prominently

towards the middle of the eighth month,

when saints and angels ring their bells,

and heavenly voices tell of all

that has already been foretold,

reminding us to keep on a steady course,

as the stars appear to shift around us.

Jacob’s Ladder

When the heart exults,

let no song be unsung,

climbing Jacob’s ladder,

resting upon each rung.

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The soul will rejoice,

although the vision may tarry,

resting upon each rung,

climbing Jacob’s ladder.

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The moon reflects,

the solace of everyone,

climbing Jacob’s ladder,

resting upon each rung.

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The body grounds itself,

chesed v’emes marry,*

resting upon each rung,

climbing Jacob’s ladder.

*Psalm 85:10