Saturday, December 27, 2014

Vayechi 5775

To bless one's children
Is a blessing in itself.
I hold my sons close.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vayiggash 5775

Hunger opens doors
Toward love, despair, connections.
Which threshold to cross?






Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mikketz 5775

In this strange drama,
So many words unspoken.
God! Open my lips.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vayeshev 5775


Death. Dark. Emptiness.
Dreams. Promises. Trickery.
Today's news seems old.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Vayishlach 5775

In that deep, cold night
What might our brother have dreamt?
I pause. Wondering.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vayetse 5775

As rancor subsides
And territories are marked...
Where are the children? 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Toledot 5775

So much contention
Amid so much abundance. 
Persistent blindness.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chayei Sarah 5775

Without the camels
It would be another tale.
Drink deeply sweet beasts.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vayera 5775

Tales of human deeds--
The righteous and the ugly.
Judge others with care.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Noach 5775

Perhaps that raven
Is still circling round the earth.
Seeking signs of peace.

B'reishit 5775

Before the stories
Shape our understanding.
Pure wonder and awe.

V'zot Ha-Bracha 5775

All the fierceness gone,
The old man calls forth blessings.
Now, gentle parent.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Haazinu 5774-5775

Loud, bellowing words.
The urgent, gentle warning
Speaks with greater strength.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vayelech5774

What gift might I choose
When my time is concluding?
My life as po'(em).

Nitzavim 5774

I have crossed the sea
Seen sunrise like the first day.
Dear heart! Hold it close!

Ki Tavo 5774

Fearful consequence
Foretold and fully expressed-
Still we get to choose. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ki Tetse 5774

There is deep wisdom
In these ancient instructions.
The task? Sifting chaff.

Shofetim 5774

In seeking justice
We encounter human flaws.
Lean inward toward truth.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Re'eh 5774

Breathlessly this text
tumbles out like scattered gems--
Note! Not all sparkle.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ekev 5774

My way in is blocked
By words of threat and promise.
Listen with my heart.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vaetchanan 5774

If only. Then, yes.
A love song to our children
Weaving through this text.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dvarim 5774

The hills and valleys
Know not they have been assigned.
Trees shade what's below.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mase'ei 5774

Does the journey change
by naming where we have been?
Ground beneath my feet.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mattot 5774

Too closely the news
Resembles the ancient text--
I take shallow breaths.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pinchas 5774

After disasters
We gather and count who's left.
Then come the new laws.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Balak 5774

Sometimes I marvel.
See how words of poetry
Can change the future!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hukkat 5774

Here in the desert
Borders are marked in water.
We wade, swim or drown.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Korach 5774

The absoluteness.
And those wrathful, angry flames.
I frown. Turn the page.....

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Behaalotecha 5774

Waiting for the Cloud
Marching in set formations--
Hoping toward freedom.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Naso 5774

Tasks. And Offerings.
Outcasts. Sins. And Piety.
Blessed as a People.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Emor 5774

Mark these festivals:
Commas in eternity.
Touchstones of my year. 

Kedoshim 5774

Holiness it seems,
Rests in paying attention.
What we do matters.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Acharei Mot 5774

Though methods may change
Don't we still send off that goat?
A law for all time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Metzora 5774

Sometimes all it takes
Is for seven days to pass.
Be patient. And wait.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tazria 5774

Seek expert advice
When your health is in question.
Good,  ancient wisdom.

Shemini 5774

Hidden in these lists:
Not all things were made for us.
Gentle reminder.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vayikra 5774

There is a pathway.
Well-being and forgiveness
Rest in our deeds.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pekudei 5774

Mark this as sacred
A man, an object, a space
Sanctify with words.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vayakhel 5774

Gifts in abundance--
How the heart of a people
Finds voice through its hands

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ki Tissa 5774

Anger. Frustation.
Threats. Kindness. Second Chances.
Made in God's image.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Terumah 5774

There on the mountain
Clear vision of what and how.
Down here, it's harder. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mishpatim 5774

At each intersect
One or two lives are balanced.
Seek paths to justice.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Yitro 5774

Through fire and noise,
Guidance, rules and promises
A reminder- Rest.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Beshallach 5774

Struggling to find
Hidden behind that fierceness
The waiting promise