Prayer book party ’22

An Israeli tradition On Friday, our daughter's first grade class had their siddur (prayer book) party, which is considered a milestone for Orthodox Jewish children in Israel. Our daughter's school is unusual in Israel in that half the student body identifies as religious (Orthodox) and the other half identify as non-religious (i.e., secular), unlike the… Continue reading Prayer book party ’22

Literally, or: Figuratively

Poetry Partners #67 'The poem of your life', a poem by Kim Whysall-Hammond of 'The Cheesesellers Wife' You have always strived to understand when very small you deduced gravity was invisible strings tied to our feet and God sat at the world's centre pulling hard which is why He doesnโ€™t answer little boys prayers, He… Continue reading Literally, or: Figuratively

Single parenting during a playdate

My wife traveling abroad Every so often, my wife leaves me at home with our daughter for a week, as I've mentioned in the past, and this was such a week. In general, these weeks are stressful for all of us. For me, it's stressful because I have to be "on" full-time as a father… Continue reading Single parenting during a playdate

Kumandra, or: Friendship

A poem written jointly with my 7-year-old daughter The poem below is a joint effort, written by me and my daughter, after having watched the new Disney movie 'Raya and the Last Dragon'. It attempts to provide a general summary of the plot, but both of us highly recommend that you see this movie for… Continue reading Kumandra, or: Friendship

Landing pad, or: Helicopter seeds

A haibun Things are changing. I am the one who's changing. I created this blog in memory of my father; I spent a year mourning, praying, reflecting, researching, reading, writing; and I shared my journey with the world. Then my year of traditional Jewish mourning, of reciting the Mourner's Kaddish prayer every single day, came… Continue reading Landing pad, or: Helicopter seeds

Worn, or: Feathery

An American sentence in 10 words: Smiling, my child sleeps soundly on my worn, feathery aspirations. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading Worn, or: Feathery

Other, or: Mine

Poetry Partners #41 'other, or: touch', a series of senryu by Freddie Omm of 'freddie omm' in another space another time where it is possible to touch the untouchable bliss of truly connecting others with ourselves the disturbances that mix us all up such times then do not disturb I lie with you now breathless… Continue reading Other, or: Mine

Together, or: Moments

My first villanelle Together we, she, holding my fingerLittle, growing hand, everything to meMoments ever, and forever lingerAbba'chka, I, to the preschool bring herCome afternoon, she'll be returned to meTogether we, she, holding my fingerShe, annoyed by childish tunes I sing herTeasing her thus brings such delight to meMoments ever, and forever lingerDon't joke! She,… Continue reading Together, or: Moments