My heart’s bursting was not my own.
Fier Kahshehs who wants to ask them, he intoned
all the while looking and trying not to look
to see if his own great grandsons would rise.
Noah was your first great grandson and you were afraid to hold him.
When Lit. heel Jacob is the third patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca, and father to the twelve tribes of Israel. More than any of the other patriarchs, Jacob wrestles with God and evolves from a deceitful, deal-making young man to a mature, faithful partner to God. His Hebrew name is Yaakov. came and he was named for mother
you told your cronies he was your inheritance.
One crossed the room and shook your hand
at such an acknowledgment of your time here coming to an end.
Did you see them rise together?
Did you listen as they practiced in the car on the long ride,
getting the syllables each in their fit?
Two blond heads in the same rhythm looking down
Noah swaying slightly as they chanted
with a small uptick of his body marking the words.
You had to watch closely to see it.
Like Elijah is a biblical prophet who is said never to have died. There are therefore many legends associated with Elijah. In the Talmud, unresolved arguments will be resolved when Elijah comes. He will herald the coming of the messiah. In Jewish ritual, Elijah is a liminal figure, arriving at moments of danger and transition – at a brit milah, a chair is put out for him, a cup is poured for Elijah at the Passover seder, and he is invoked at havdalah. His Hebrew name is Eliyahu., you entered our Lit. Order. The festive meal conducted on Passover night, in a specific order with specific rituals to symbolize aspects of the Exodus from Egypt. It is conducted following the haggadah, a book for this purpose. The mystics of Sefat also created a seder for Tu B'shvat, the new year of the trees. so silently
only I knew you were there.
You left your wine untouched on the table.
You came just for the highlight of the fier kahshehs
and then you left.
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