Secular Israeli Yom Kippur

Bicycle Day There is a fascinating Israeli cultural phenomenon that I would like to share with you, which occurs annually on the day of Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Now, without getting into details, suffice it to say that Yom Kippur has very strict religious restrictions, which include all… Continue reading Secular Israeli Yom Kippur

Prism, or: Schism

My 2nd rondelet Is poetry My faith, rather than Judaism? Is poetry More to me than mere poesy? Each verse, every form ~ a new prism... Poetry is my bridge, not schism ~ Is poetry. P.S. This post was scheduled in advance because I am offline for two days (between sunset on Monday and sunset… Continue reading Prism, or: Schism

Pomegranates, or: Apples

My 1st rondelet Rosh HaShanah[1] Is always a new beginning; Rosh HaShanah Is when Jews eat sweet, round challah[2] ~ Worship: the Creator hymning ~ Commit: themselves to no sinning ~ Rosh HaShanah P.S. This post was scheduled in advance because I am offline for two days (between sunset on Monday and sunset on Wednesday)… Continue reading Pomegranates, or: Apples

Death, or: Life

A triolet Every year we mark the same holidays. It's hard to make something new of the old, As the prep's whipping us into a craze. Every year we mark the same holidays, And God reads through all the Jews' dossiers To decide how their lives should unfold... Every year we mark the same holidays… Continue reading Death, or: Life

Jews, or: Tattoos

A triolet Had I not been born a Jew ~ Prob'ly wouldn't have become one. P'raps I'd have gotten some tattoo,[1] Had I not been born a Jew... Or... more than one! P'raps a few... Though... hard to get tat ink undone... Had I not been born a Jew ~ Prob'ly wouldn't have become one.… Continue reading Jews, or: Tattoos

Rejected by fellow landsmen?

No love from Israelis Like many other bloggers, I take time to search for like-minded writers on WordPress who share my interests. Obviously, I am interested in finding talented poets and creative writers, as well as bloggers who think critically about politics, religion, and various salient issues of our day. Also, as a Jew and… Continue reading Rejected by fellow landsmen?

The prime minister’s yarmulke

A non-political post about Israeli politics Naftali Bennett's yarmulke In writing about Israel's new government recently, I mentioned in passing that our new prime minister is the first one to wear a yarmulke in public all the time. Former PM Netanyahu wore a yarmulke at special events, but not daily. Upon taking office, PM Bennett… Continue reading The prime minister’s yarmulke