Posts Tagged: haiku

Kotel Haiku: Liberate The Wall



Anat sang “Shema” Shackled, she asks us to hear “Liberate the wall” Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center was arrested last Tuesday night for saying the Shema aloud during Rosh Chodesh prayer services conducted at the Kotel by Women of the Wall. She’s been arrested before, but was reportedly treated more […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Noach



The sky falls to earth G-d’s destructive flood begins Creation reversed Genesis 1:7-8: “G-d made the expanse, and it separated the water which was below the expanse from the water which was above the expanse. And it was so.” From Genesis 7:11: “On that day all the fountains of the great deep burst apart, and […]

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Kippot In Haiku: A-Rod’s Yarmulke?



I know it’s not the sort of thing about which I usually write, but I though the visitors to this blog might find this amusing. I certainly did  … For some Yankees fans A kippah signed by A-Rod Could be appealing But they might prefer To bid on a yarmulke Signed by Ibañez

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The Torah In Haiku: Bereshit



G-d created us All B’tzelem Elohim We should act that way From Genesis 1:27 – “In the image of G-d (B’tzelem Elohim) man was created; male and female G-d created them”

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The Torah In Haiku: Jonah



Jonah runs from G-d Finds himself inside a fish Finds himself transformed   On Yom Kippur afternoon, the haftarah reading is the Book of Jonah. I’ve always thought that it was his time alone in the belly of a giant fish that helped Jonah find teshuva – to return to G-d. But I came across […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Shabbat Shuvah



G-d knows we will stray* Now it is time to reflect Sabbath of Return This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shuvah – literally, the Sabbath of Return. While we should always reflect on the choices we make and always “know before whom [we] stand“, the Ten Days of Repentance – and particularly Shabbat Shuvah – is […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Ki Tavo



All of these curses Should we fear the punishments? They seem so severe G-d has compassion Turning, reflection, justice* Make it less severe   *A part of Unetaneh Tokef is traditionally translated as “Repentence, prayer and charity remove the evil of the decree” At a recent study session about the Rosh Hashana prayer, Rabbi Jordan […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Ki Teitzei



So many mitzvot How can we keep all of them? We just have to try This week’s parsha contains 72 of the Torah’s 613 commandments. We can’t possibly fulfill them all, can we? So we do the best we can.

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The Torah In Haiku: Shoftim



Torah rule for war: Some trees may not be cut down Those that produce food Deuteronomy 20:19 When you shall beseige a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by forcing an ax against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall […]

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The Torah In Haiku: R’eih



On the Festivals There’s one way you should rejoice Make it communal   Deuteronomy 16:14 You shall rejoice on your festival along with your son and daughter, your male and female slave, and the Levite, proselyte, orphan and widow from your settlements.    

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The Torah In Haiku: Eikev



G-d tells us again You must show love to strangers Remember Egypt Deuteronomy 10:19: You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Most of us know that the words found on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty were written by a Jewish woman, Emma Lazarus.  Click here for […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Devarim



East of the Jordan Moses start his final speech Explaining the law Image by Zak Kolar via Flickr

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The Torah In Haiku: Matot/Ma’sei



Six refuge cities Seeds of argument against The death penalty Click here to read a D’var Torah I wrote in 2010 for this portion, using the idea of refuge cities as a jumping off point to argue that, despite the many capital crimes listed in the Torah, Jewish tradition opposes imposition of the death penalty.  Of […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Pinchas



The Midianite Killed by Pinchas the Zealot Her name was Cozbi   In last week’s portion, Balak, we are told that Pinchas killed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman. As this week’s portion begins, we learn their names. The Israelite was Zimri, son of Salu, from the tribe of Simeon. That means a descendent […]

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