Posts Tagged: haiku

The Torah In Haiku Is Moving



Beginning this week Visit URJ’s new site For Torah haiku You might have read about the URJ’s new website, ReformJudaism.org, which includes it’s own blog. As RJ.org transitions to a sort of “insider’s blog” about congregational life and Movement activity, the new website is the right place for material like The Torah In Haiku. So, […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Beshalach



It’s Shabbat Shirah Time to read Shirat HaYam The song of the sea Who is like You G-d? Majestic in holiness Doing miracles    

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The Torah In Haiku: Va-eira



Turn rods into snakes? Pharaoh’s men can do it, too. Plagues will be required   Exodus 7:10-13 Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh. They did exactly as G-d had said. Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh, and it became a viper. Pharaoh summoned his scholars and magicians. The master symbolists were able to do the same […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Sh’mot



Moses finds a wife Jethro’s daughter Tzipporah A Midianite   Image from The Prince of Egypt  

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The Torah In Haiku: Va-y’chi



As Genesis ends We see the last of Joseph And two thousand twelve At new beginnings Or when, for some, it’s the end We need strength – Chazak

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The Torah In Haiku: Vayigash



Slavery begins Not the Jews, but Egyptians Become Pharoah’s serfs Genesis 47:19: Why should we die before your very eyes – us and our land? Buy our bodies and our land in exchange for bread. Let us become Pharaoh’s serfs, and let our land [also be his]. Trouble foreshadowed A new Pharoah will not like […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Mikeitz



Joseph’s sons are born Menasseh and Ephraim Their mom’s Egyptian The Maccabees fought But Joseph seems to embrace Assimilation Genesis 41:50-52: Joseph had two sons before the famine years came, borne to him by Asenath, daughter of Poti Phera, priest of On. Joseph named the first-born Menasseh – ‘Because God has made me forget (nasheh) […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Vayeishev



Sibling jealously Because Joseph was favored By father Jacob Genesis 37:3-4: Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son os his old age; and he made him a long colorful coat. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Vayishlach



Jacob and Esau Brothers are reunited Twice in this parsha At their first meeting Jacob fears his brother’s wrath But Esau is kind Then their father dies They both return to Hebron To bury Isaac

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The Torah In Haiku: Vayeitzei



Laban tricks Jacob What goes around comes around Biblical karma? At Jewish weddings We remember this story With the bedeken

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The Torah In Haiku: Toldot



Rivkah and Ya’kov Conspire to mislead Yitzchak She knows it’s G-d’s will Another story Of family dysfunction Our founders? Human. The commentators say Rebeccah had to make sure Jacob got Isaac’s blessing, because of what G-d told her when she was pregnant and the twins were fighting in her womb.

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The Torah In Haiku: Chayei Sarah



To bury Sarah Abe makes sure he buys a place Cave of Machpelah Many will join her Patriarchs and Matriarchs But Jews can’t visit After the death of Sarah, Abraham sought a place to bury his wife. In Chapter 23 of Genesis, we read about the purchase of the Cave of Machpelah. It was offered to […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Vayeira



Looks back to Sodom But angels said, “Don’t do that” Lot’s wife turns to salt Severe punishment? Commentators seek answers Here are some of them Click and learn: Each word in the last line above links to a different online commentary in which the author explores some reasons why Lot’s wife might have looked back, why she was punished or […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Lech L’cha



At Abraham’s bris He was 99 years old Shver tzu zein a Yid*

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