Matriculation

I learn you again, after long separation. Time, space — matrices that germinate knowing. My loss becomes gain after patient gestation.   Home study – is it work, or vacation? Unwanted confinement, or respite from going? You reclaim me after long separation .   Since your bar mitzvah I’ve been a way-station, A hot meal bolted, a quick […]

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Why can’t it be the little ‘c’ instead?

My shock diagnosis of bowel cancer got me thinking about the language around cancer. It really annoyed me. It is all-pervasive — ‘she has cancer’, ‘he has cancer’, as opposed to being contained and specific, for example, she has a cancer in her breast, he has a cancer in his prostate. Saying a person has […]

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Why I Don’t Go to Synagogue

Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Chabad, I’ve been to them all, some I even joined, despite being an independent thinker, a non-joiner.  I made allowances, tried to fit in, but my history with synagogues is fraught with dismay and disappointment. I grew up in a Bronx neighborhood where there was a synagogue on every street.  The Yiddish […]

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What you call politics, we call Torah

Twelve leaders were sent to spy the land. Ten returned reporting fortified cities and giants. They warned that entering the land would be dangerous, even deadly. They spoke the truth, but they were punished severely, leading generations of Rabbis to try to determine where exactly they went wrong. Commentators claim they were tasked only with […]

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Here I Am

Intimacy is a scar Wrapped around the boy’s arm, A motorbike accident, I touched it, He hates it. I wanted it to be something I could love about the boy. When I was nineteen I was in a play at uni called Three Short Deaths. The play was an enactment of its title. In quick […]

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Is the answer a woman?

The Western Wall is a symbol for Judaism around the world. It is hailed as a spiritual place of pilgrimage, promise, exile and archeology. It has recently become a contested site and a place of hostility and animosity. The Wall has most recently become a place of injustice, segregation and inequality, but a group of […]

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