Did Zealotry Save the Jewish People?

There is a famously powerful scene from the story behind the Jewish holiday of Hanukah. “Whoever is for God, come with me!” screamed Mattityahu to the residents of the Modi’in after he killed the Greek soldier who tried to force him to sacrifice an impure animal, and thus the miraculous war began. The truth is, […]


It is important to recall that we never left Egypt                              This is the first narrative that every Jew must tell   Millennia later, I am white of skin and level of gaze (My eyes are clear and touched with green) But […]

The Night I Cried A Lot

That night I cried a lot. “There is actually A LOT of different aspects to this poem…” His smile revealing pearly white teeth behind plump lips   My mask stuck well in the cold January slush Supported by red wine, and sweet promises of God   April slid the mask off into the streams “Streams […]

Erev Shabbat in Florence

The concept of a “non-negotiable” entity is virtually non-existent regarding most daily practices in our modern society. Theoretically, dire circumstances, or even uncomfortable circumstances, can render an exception to the standard practice. I find, however, that Shabbat observance, despite the intangibility of the binding nature of the commandment, becomes a non-negotiable rule in the most peculiar way. Despite a situation […]

Allen Ginsberg on a Horse

With Allen Ginsberg mounted on his horse I wonder if I will trip on the sabbatical mark   My beard is not nearly as long as his, his worship of Whitman makes my eyes roll   Heavy Robin Williams’s barbaric yelp has ruined that for me Which is not particularly sensitive considering things considered…   […]