An Unetaneh Tokef* for Today

man bringing flowers to grave in cemetery
On Rosh Hashanah it is written,
the prayerbook says,
and on Yom Kippur it is sealed
who shall live
and who shall die   
Tami Suchman, 71, peace activist,
killed on Kibbutz Be’eri, Israel
who in good time
and who by untimely death
Mohammed al-Aloul, father of four children
killed in airstrike, central Gaza
who by water
and who by fire          
Yakovi and Biha Inon, burned to death,
Moshav Netiv HaAsara, Israel
who by sword
and who by wild beast
Bilal Saleh, shot dead by a settler
while harvesting olives, Al-Sawiya, West Bank
who by famine
and who by thirst       
Carmella Dan, 80 and her granddaughter Noya, 12,
killed on Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Israel
who by earthquake
and who by plague    
Huda Al-Sosi, member of “word artist” youth group
We Are Not Numbers, killed in airstrike, Gaza
who by strangulation
and who by stoning
Shani Louk, 21, killed at music festival near
Kibbutz Re’im, identified by skull fragment, Israel
Unidentified men, women and children buried in mass grave, Gaza
Unidentified corpses burned beyond recognition, Israel
Unidentified man crying over body of a child wrapped in a bloody sheet, Gaza



*Poem about day of judgment (“Let us ascribe holiness to this day”) recited on the Jewish High Holy Days

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