Verses of Hope?

Strangely enough, I seem to be able to write a verse or two when I am sad, depressed, mad at the world and at myself. These days I am happy and hopeful and scared to jinx it with as much as a light breeze blowing the wrong way. Maybe it’s because I am so not…

Poetry and Baking – a Perfect Blend

December 26, in memory of my late husband, who loved poetry and was the first to introduce me, an ordinary Soviet school girl to the names like Severyanin, Mandelshtam, Balmont, Galich, and many others, I hosted a poetry evening at my house. We were fortunate to have a reading evening with Yehoshua November, who represents quite an…

A Few Verses on a Cold Night

  Rain, wind and cold Coming down on me again Penetrating my body, crawling down my very soul Threatening my existence Sweet smell of flowers slowly fading away if forever Am I losing this battle again?! All alone   Thinking of you on a night like this unable to sleep Longing for your warm eyes,…

Some Observations

This was an interesting week for me: challenging, exhilarating, nourishing, disturbing, all at once. Last Sunday, I have started a week long Jewish Professionals Institute at Mechon Hadar. My reasoning was mostly financial – since I wouldn’t be able to afford going to Jerusalem this year to study at Pardes, I decided I would take…

A Few Verses Before Passover

Just a few verses combining the events of the day. The life of this world never seizes to amaze, both in good and bad ways.   Oh Egypt, “how the mighty has fallen”! Egypt, the giant of old With your gold and your gems, with you valley of kings Where does your golden queen cry…

Just Two Verses

Yesterday, taking a break from pre-Pesach cleaning, I decided to go to a class for some real preparation. The Community Beit Midrash project is a cooperation of several learning institutions we are lucky to have here, in New York City. This one was held at Drisha, located just a block from the Central Park. It was…

Back to the Darkness … Again?!!

These days are not like one another. G-d! I try! I try hard. I succeed … sometimes. I wake up. I smile. I even sing. And then I dance – the dance of a shot-down swan… Music is supposed to lift a person up. Not me. For me, it brings back tears. My love, my…

A Few of my Favorite … Lines

Today, when things happening in my life have put me in front of the same dilemma, again and again, I am back to being confused and angry at myself for inability to make a final decision. It is written in the Mishna “Say little and do much” (Avoth 1:15) It seems that all I do is talk, and do…

New Random (Sad?) Verses

  New world order is coming Is it new indeed? Listen to Navi, read the books Everything happens the way He said Don’t hide from the real truth Nothing else matters in the end of days     What has the world come to? Jews hating each other for the fun of the rest of them Will…

Random Verses

These days it is hard for me to believe that I live in the same county I came to almost 20 years ago. Things happening today bring me back to depressive thoughts. This time not only for myself, but for all of us, or many of us. It seems that I am watching one of…

Shakespeare in my Heart

Today, when the world, the weather, and my soul are squeezed with pain and cold, I am reminded of my favorite Shakespeare sonnet. I would say it myself, but why? He wrote it so much better I could ever do. I would only add the word “blood” in every line of his, though: Tir’d with…

Laughing at Myself

Изнывая от жажды Я по снежной пустыне бреду “Но ведь снег – он вода”, любопытный тотчас удивится Что ты, путник ? Ведь снег – он холодный! Для меня такой тёплой и тонкой И не лучше-ль от жажды мне сдохнуть, чем на шаг отступить и напиться?