Monthly Archives: March 2018

Reach

Reach (Randyjw; March 31, 2018)

 

We stare at one another

 

seeing the truth of souls laid over

with daily fare and bother

 

absent reason for need

to posit motive or to wonder

 

absorptively inherent

a mind at ease in aura’ed comfort

Vessel of my heart

divulges its apex in one pulse completing

 

The laggard I have been

caught in mimicry’s firm-taught lesson

Held back, but not withheld

the two-step forth and back of beating

 

Existential the external vessel

beneath the surfaces of skin

harmonious contents

simmer and glimmer

and reach without

as well as within

 

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Sundown, March 30, 2018 – A Pictorial/Musical Pesach

Sundown, March 30, 2018 – A Pictorial/Musical Pesach (Randyjw; March 29, 2018):

 

 

 

Songs on the Passover theme (collected from previous postings):

 

 

Gad Elbaz – Mah Nishtanah:

 

(https://youtu.be/A1rH7rYuZQE)

 

 

Rae Antonoff – Mah Nishtanah (this is the version I sing, but a bit faster):

 

(https://youtu.be/V4oSJRvw0l8)

 

 

Dayenu / Hebrew, edited  (Urdu translation):

 

(https://youtu.be/fcqFGUh_4bg)

 

 

Avi Begun – Dayenu / Hebrew (this is a different song. It’s beautiful. It’s dedicated in the memories of four souls killed in the rampage of terror attacks in Toulouse, France):

(https://youtu.be/tqBeqA_gdxk)

 

 

Jesse Macht – A Different “Dayenu” (I really liked this guy):

(https://youtu.be/EvwxSsJryYU)

 

 

Pete Seeger – Dayenu:

(https://youtu.be/3FLE0nMulAI)

 

 

Chava Alberstein – Chad Gadya:

(https://youtu.be/DHdVYy5B6JM)

 

 

Chaim Parchi – Chad Gadya:

(https://youtu.be/WS9owtlUEe0)

 

 

Chad Gadya – Spanish and Moroccan:

(https://youtu.be/CVGnOqO9A8g)

 

 

Jay Levy – Chad Gadya (this is similar to the version I know):

(https://youtu.be/wnVE3pB_2Fc)

 

 

Eden Mi Qedem – Chad Gadya (Syrian Jewish, in Arabic):

(https://youtu.be/ed-nl2bQmC8)

 

 

Simcha Spot – Purple Chrein (Horseradish with Beets):

(https://youtu.be/AJZpfWE4TyY)

 

 

Ohad Naharin – Echad Mi Yodea (Amir Mizroch Compilation; Contains Nuclear, Jihadist, and War Scenes):

(https://youtu.be/tDio5eHks58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes Deer

Yes Deer (Randyjw; March 21, 2018)

 

A pair of “Yes Deer”

sweetly nuzzle in the wood;

Know what? I would, too.

 

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Held

Held (Randyjw; March 21, 2018)

 

To capture anything,

it would seem,

takes a master and servant

There must be one

to rule over

a sentient being

To be held and to hold

in a mutual version

takes the two to interpret

their heartbeats’ translations

 

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Reading Stars

Reading Stars (Randyjw; March 21, 2018)

 

Surveilling the sky

and holding your palm in mine

Night twinkles and shines

 

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False Impressions

 

False Impressions (Randyjw; March 20, 2018)

 

Still think the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, Israel, is incontrovertibly linked to the Arab world as a holy place mentioned in the Koran?

 

Think again.

 

My contention that the only reason there is any interest in the Muslim-occupied site in Israel upon which the gold-roofed structure sits is due to an ancient, ever-persistent hatred by the Arab world toward the Jews. This age-old, obsessive preoccupation with the status of Jews and our relationship with our G-d has caused generational jealousy sown throughout the entire “Arab world”.

 

The proof that this is so can be gleaned by Arab actions against Jewish sites which we have deemed sacred or historically important to the Jewish people, as such. The Arabs, throughout history, continually ransack, vandalize, and attempt to eradicate these Jewish sites. They, furthermore, attack and murder Jews due to this jealousy.

 

This is at least the second time I have stated this and written about this, in this WordPress forum. No-one else can ever seem to supply a logical explanation as to why the Arabs continue to always fight against the Jews. Some people lay blame on the poverty of the Arab people. Really?  Are you familiar with the sights of Arab wealth? These can include: gold lavatories, high-end watches, private aviation, mansions, vehicles, and more. Maybe not every individual person of Arab descent is wealthy, but, then — they are also “just like us”, and all strata of income is represented in their population. So, “Income” is not a viable explanation.

 

Neither is the excuse known as “Opportunity”. Come on! There are at least 22 Arab states/countries, and at least as approximately the same quantity of total Muslim countries as there are states in the United States of America! More than 50! It is implausible to think that within those 50-some-plus places in the Muslim world, there exists no “Opportunity” for the Muslim individual to excel. And if there is not, then “Why,” might we ask, “is this possibly so?” Those lands are ruled by their own people, so who is to blame, then, in this instance? Huh?

 

Israeli oppression? Come on! The 17-20% of the population in Israel of Arab descent living there have more freedom under Israeli democratic rule than they do any other place in the Muslim countries. They hold political positions, occupy government and municipal employment positions, police positions, teaching positions — just like Jewish or Christian residents of Israel might.

 

Because of the Jewish belief that the Messiah will arrive via a certain gate in the walled city of Jerusalem, the Jewish gravesite across from this area on the Mount of Olives, and known as the Mount of Olives, is the most revered and prestigious location for a Jewish person to be buried, as it will be closest to the place where the Messiah is believed will appear. Arabs have placed their own grave sites close to this spot, as well; perhaps to receive the blessings, or perhaps to occupy the land around the walls. In any case, the Arabs have also bricked-up the gate entrance, so that the prophetic arrival will not occur.

 

The Arabs have also attacked the gravesites of our Patriarchical Jewish ancestors: Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Leah, Rachel, and others, of whose names people would be familiar through the words of the thousands of years old Bible (Old Testament). Additionally, graves of many Rabbinic sages and historical Jewish sites have been attacked and vandalized, as well as their building materials removed and transported to Arab countries for their own use, as well as to muddy Jewish provenance/ownership of such artifacts.

 

It has not been solely an Arab custom to do this to the Jewish people and to the sites in Israel; it has also been a tactical strategy on the part of Christianity, at least in the thousands of years since Christianity’s founding, proceeding through somewhat recent times. Christianity has been known to build Churches atop Jewish sites; and it is also for the very same reason that the Arabs have done so — to eradicate Jewish presence, for one…. But, especially, to rewrite the religious narrative on G-d, and to eliminate any Jewish presence as the principal components of this equation.

 

And that is why the Jewish people suffer at human hands. There is free will.

 

And, then – – there is G-d.

 

Here is an interesting backgrounder by Joseph Farah, a Christian Arab, on some of the history of the present structures atop the Temple Mount:

 

http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/why-jerusalem-is-not-islams-3rd-holiest-site/

 


 

Additional Reading (Added June 25, 2018):

 

Flatow, Stephen M. “‘Un-Settling’: The Royals Understanding of Jerusalem”; Reprinted in secondary source by JewishPress.com from Jewish News Syndicate (JNS); June 25, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/un-settling-the-royals-understanding-of-jerusalem/2018/06/25/

 

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Smoky

Smoky (Randyjw; March 17, 2018)

 

Intensity can wane;

Was yours subsumed

from heated passions spoken – –

in flames, consumed?

 

Yet, I hold no blame.

Mine is there – –

ignited embers whitened

stoked by red-hot flames.

 

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At Either End

At Either End (Randyjw; March 10, 2018)

 

Filled to overflow

this sentimental vessel

a heart with two holes

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I Don’t Know You, But…

I Don’t Know You, But… (Randyjw; March 10, 2018)

 

The last several nights have been spent in a homeless shelter. Given that my new normality as a homeless person is to sleep outside on concrete, the new puffy sleeping mats they acquired, while too narrow to support the shoulders and arms, still felt like spa treatment to my beleaguered hips and body.

 

I had wished that a particular group of women would show up that evening to lead a Bible study. Even though we don’t share the same faith, I was really hoping to see them. Next thing you know, there they were — and it was not their normally scheduled day of appearance, either.

 

During Bible study, the conversation quickly became dominated by one individual attendee — a woman who’d faced alot of recent trauma in her life and who had a super-sensitive emotional lens through which she was processing her experiences.

 

I found her to be a genuine, empathetic person, who needed to let off steam by recounting her recent experiences to others, and to receive from others some emotional support regarding her ordeals.

 

The Bible ladies took the approach of trying to divert her spinning mind from the subject and associated trauma. I, though, while thinking their approach might help in some cases, felt she needed just the opportunity to vent, as often and as frequently it would take — to talk herself out, until it was no longer a recurrent need or theme in the forefront of every thought and speech of her mind.

 

I guess I projected my own past experiences and reactions onto this lady. But,  I did let her know how valuable it had been to me that she had relayed them out loud: for just hearing that another person had been through similar experiences to my own, really seemed to help me.

 

In turn, I believe it helped her to express her grief and anguish aloud. Even better, that her thoughts, feelings, and opinions had been acknowledged and appreciated.

 

Speaking to another person about the difficulties, experiences and problems you face, or have faced in the past, can alleviate their impact by getting them off your chest. It could lead to different ways of looking at things and, perhaps, finding other solutions to fit your individual needs, as well as by contributing to feeling less isolated, adding some semblance of emotional support to your situation.

 

In my own past experiences, I hadn’t had the opportunity to talk with many people about the situations I had been through. Because of this, my personal problems had become engrained mantras of my speech patterns for many, many years.

 

Time allowed me to put some distance to my problems behind me, and talking about my troubles with strangers who would listen, finally worked magic — I realized I was finished expounding on these issues; I’d simply grown sick and tired of hearing myself talk about these things. I now just touch briefly on the matter, to no real residual effect on myself, and move on. No longer do I dwell on every little nuance and particular detail which occurred during these bad episodes in my life.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult or wearing for others to listen continually to repetitive complaints, without resolution. They may not understand how trauma might affect your thought processes and daily life. A therapist might not have the blocks of uninterrupted time you need for a good sit-down, spill-your-guts airing of all the negative ramifications of traumatic experiences you’ve been holding inside.

 

But, have you ever sat next to a stranger on a long journey and confide in them things you would never convey in “proper company,” such as to a family member or other close person seen on a more protracted basis?

 

There is very good therapy — sometimes, even for both participants — in that. So, book a single travel ticket to a destination you’d like to visit, find your seat, and enjoy the ride. You might be glad you did.

 

Disclaimer: The story here does not constitute medical advice, nor should it be construed as, or substituted, for such. These are individual matters and professional consultation might aught to be considered in such cases.

 

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Cognizance

Cognizance (Randyjw; March 5, 2018)

 

water and time

both slip through your hands

washed away

in the shifting sands

 

Some things can be held

and others cannot

Unchained selves

of the human heart

 

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On Your Birthday

On Your Birthday (Randyjw; March 3, 2018)

 

Joining you in presence

of heart and spirit

if not reality,

this almost virtual gathering

 

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Wild Horses

Wild Horses (Randyjw; March 2, 2018)

 

(https://youtu.be/ZjepYI-i1zk)

 

 

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To

 

To (Randyjw; March 2, 2018)

waking walking waltzing

tango tangled talking

rhyme rain remarking

flying feeling freeing

 

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Wish

Wish (Randyjw; March 1, 2018)

 

I wish I could paste that star back in place

take it in my hands and hold its face

arising crimson

the covers seem nebulous

and dawn blushes boldly

in fuschias and orange

only the cold moon can wane its predictable phases

or the sun shine long in its eternal gazes

Tho’ I’d shorten the days not to strengthen the light

rearrange constellations to lengthen the night

irradiate my hands and let them burn, then scar

to let it play in the heavens —

so I wish, from afar

 

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