Time, or: Space

An American Sentence in 12 words Inspired by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l (1907 – 1972) The Sabbath is a #palace constructed in time, rather than in space. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1504020662503067649 The prompt: #palace (#storyin12) https://twitter.com/storyin12/status/1504019648450379776/ What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English.… Continue reading Time, or: Space

Love, or: Appreciation

Poetry Partners #63 Two linked senryu by LaMon Brown of 'Pathways to God' today's questions what is justice without love harsh cruelty without love what's spirituality: nothing of value LaMon Brown: https://spirituality159.com/ A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ I've been told appreciating life requires existence of terrible diseases like childhood cancer. I'd… Continue reading Love, or: Appreciation

Humanity, or: Transcendence

Poetry Partners #32 'Poem of Atonement', a poem by Adam Taylor of 'Adam's Poems Etc...' we have slandered we have robbed we have bribed we have wrought wickedness we have lied we have provoked we have trespassed we have transgressed we have oppressed we have rebelled we have abominated we have wallowed in evil but… Continue reading Humanity, or: Transcendence

Holier, or: Fragile

Your little face Might just be proof for me of God's good grace You utterly bewitch me Your fancies so enrich me I want to be Your Abba'chka... How can I assure you That there's a God Though I s'pose you do not need it You naturally believe it... Holier than me My Dear Baby… Continue reading Holier, or: Fragile

Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

The tooth fairy Our 6½-year-old daughter believes in the tooth fairy, despite the fact that I've casually mentioned to her that goblins, gnomes, witches, fairies, dwarves, dragons, etc. are all imaginary, mythical creatures. She completely understands all of this, but for some reason, the tooth fairy seems to fall into a separate category in her… Continue reading Supporting belief in the tooth fairy

Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others

Israel means: "Struggle with God" A young rabbi friend of mine once praised me, suggesting that my ongoing contemplations about God, given that I'm an adult in my forties, are a testament to my relationship with God. My back-and-forth struggle with the concept (even though I lean more towards doubt than belief), as he framed… Continue reading Don’t judge, compare, or try to fix others

Not entirely, or: God

An American sentence The Jewish God is not entirely implausible. Still, I'm doubtful. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing… Continue reading Not entirely, or: God

Ineffable, or: Beyond description

An American sentence Personal relationships with higher powers cannot be conveyed. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line… Continue reading Ineffable, or: Beyond description