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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