Simple Logic


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Since I know Love exists,

For I feel its awesome wonder

gushing through my buoyant soul

Absolute Love must exist

A Love Sublime, infinitely greater than mine

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I know Compassion exists,

I recognize its tender whispers

In the pounding of my heart embracing all

Absolute Compassion must exist

A Compassion Divine, infinitely greater than mine

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I know justice exists,

I crave for its harmonious glory

As for water in a desert, on a hot summer day

Absolute ​Justice must exist too

A ​Justice Supreme, infinitely greater than mine

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I know perfection exists,

I adore,  dream of, and sing for

With every neuron of my bewildered mind

Absolute ​Perfection must exist

A ​Perfection Majestic, infinitely greater than mine

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Since I know beauty exists,

I see it in every face and every smile

Wherever I turn, whenever I look around

Absolute ​Beauty must exist

A ​Beauty Exquisite, infinitely greater than mine

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I know creativity exists,

In a fairytale of a child’s dream

Playing a heavenly tune, dancing by a stream

Absolute ​Creativity must exist

A Creativity Grand, infinitely greater than mine

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I know forgiveness exists,

As I bathe my soul in wondrous miracles

Heal your wounds, watch anger fade away

Absolute Forgiveness must exist

A Forgiveness Magnificent, infinitely greater than mine

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I know generosity exists,

I have tasted its splendid fruit,

Give, receive… Give, receive, watch the world goes round and round

Absolute ​Generosity must exist

A Generosity magnanimous, infinitely greater than mine

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Absolute, Infinite Love, الودود

Absolute, Infinite Compassion, الرحمن الرحيم

Absolute, Infinite Justice, العدل

Absolute, Infinite Perfection, الكمال

Absolute, Infinite Beauty, الجميل

Absolute, Infinite Creativity, البديع

Absolute, Infinite Generosity, الكريم

Commonly known as God,  or Arabic Allah

Is Torah “Antisemitic” ?


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if you do not obey the Lord, your God,

to observe to fulfill all His commandments

and statutes which I am commanding you this day,

that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

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You shall be cursed in the city, and you shall be cursed in the field

Cursed will be your [food] basket and your kneading bowl

* * * * *

Cursed will be the fruit of your womb,

the fruit of your soil, the fruit of your livestock,

those born from your cattle and the flock of your sheep

* * * * *

You shall be cursed when you come,

and you shall be cursed when you depart

* * * * *

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The Lord will send the curse of shortages, confusion, and turmoil upon you,

in every one of your endeavors which you undertake,

until it destroys you and until you quickly vanish,

because of your evil deeds in forsaking Me

* * * * *

The Lord will make pestilence cleave to you,

until it has exterminated you from upon the land,

to which you are coming, to possess it

The Lord will strike you with consumption,

fever, illnesses with burning fevers,

a disease which causes unquenchable thirst,

with the sword, with blast,

and with yellowing,

and they will pursue you until you perish

* * * * *

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And your skies above you will be [like] copper,

and the earth below you [like] iron

* * * * *

The Lord will turn the rain of your land into powder and dust,

raining down upon you from the heavens until you are destroyed

* * * * *

The Lord will cause you to be broken before your enemy:

you will come out against them in one direction,

but you will flee from them in seven directions.

And you will become a terrifying [example] to all the kingdoms on earth

* * * * *

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Your corpse will be food for all birds

of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth,

and no one will frighten them [away]

* * * * *

The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt,

with hemorrhoids, with oozing sores,

and with dry lesions, from which you will be unable to be cured

* * * * *

The Lord will strike you with insanity,

with blindness, and with bewilderment

* * * * *

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You will grope at midday,

as the blind man gropes in the dark,

and you will be unsuccessful in your ways.

You will be only oppressed and robbed all the days,

and no one will save [you]

* * * * *

You will betroth a woman, but another man will lie with her.

You will build a house, but you will not live in it.

You will plant a vineyard, but you will not redeem it[s fruits]

* * * * *

Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes,

but you will not eat from it.

Your donkey will be snatched right in front of you,

and it will not return to you.

Your flock will be given over to your enemies,

and you will have no savior

* * * * *

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Your sons and daughters will be given over to another people,

and your eyes will see [this] and long for them all day long,

but you will be powerless

* * * * *

A people unknown to you will eat up the fruit of your soil

and [the result of] all your toil.

You will be only wronged and crushed all the days

* * * * *

You will go insane from the vision before your eyes that you will behold

* * * * *

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The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs

with a terrible skin eruption from which you will be unable to be cured;

[it will eventually cover you] from the sole of your foot to the top of your head

* * * * *

The Lord will lead you and your king whom you will have established over you,

to a nation unknown to you or your fathers;

and there, you will serve other deities [made] of wood and stone

* * * * *

And you will become an [object of] astonishment,

an example, and a topic of discussion,

among all the peoples to whom the Lord will lead you

* * * * *

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You will take much seed out to the field,

yet you will gather in little,

for the locusts will finish it

* * * * *

You will plant vineyards and work [them],

but you will neither drink of [their] wine, or gather [the grapes],

because the worms will devour them

* * * * *

You will have olive trees throughout all your boundaries,

but you will not anoint with [their] oil,

because your olive trees will drop off

* * * * *

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You will bear sons and daughters,

but you will not have them,

because they will go into captivity

* * * * *

All your trees and all the fruit of your soil the cicada will make destitute

* * * * *

The stranger who is among you will arise above you,

higher and higher,

while you will descend lower and lower

* * * * *

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He will lend to you,

but you will not lend to him.

He will be at the head,

while you will be at the tail

* * * * *

All these curses will befall you,

pursuing you and overtaking you to destroy you

because you did not obey the Lord, your God,

to observe His commandments

and statutes which He commanded you

* * * * *

And they will be as a sign and a wonder,

upon you and your offspring, forever

* * * * *

because you did not serve the Lord, your God,

with happiness and with gladness of heart,

when [you had an] abundance of everything

* * * * *

Therefore, you will serve your enemies,

whom the Lord will send against you,

[when you are] in famine, thirst,

destitution, and lacking everything,

and he will place an iron yoke upon your neck,

until he has destroyed you

* * * * *

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The Lord will bring upon you a nation from afar,

from the end of the earth,

as the eagle swoops down,

a nation whose language you will not understand

* * * * *

a brazen nation,

which will not respect the elderly,

nor show favor to the young

* * * * *

They will devour the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your soil,

to destroy you.

They will not leave over anything for you of the grain,

wine, oil, offspring of your cattle or flocks of your sheep,

until they annihilate you

* * * * *

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And they will besiege you in all your cities,

until your high and fortified walls in which you trust come down,

throughout all your land.

And they will besiege you in all your cities

throughout all your land, which the Lord, your God, has given you

* * * * *

And during the siege and the desperation

which your enemies will bring upon you,

you will eat the fruit of your womb,

the flesh of your sons and daughters,

whom the Lord, your God, gave you

* * * * *

The most tender and delicate man among you,

will begrudge his own brother

and the wife of his embrace and the rest of his children,

whom he will leave over

* * * * *

of giving any one of them of the flesh of his children that he is eating,

because not a thing will remain for him in the siege

and in the desperation which your enemies will bring upon you,

in all your cities

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The most tender and delicate woman among you,

who would not venture to set her foot upon the ground,

because of delicateness and tenderness,

will begrudge the husband of her embrace

and her own son and daughter

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and the infants who emerge from between her legs,

and her own children whom she will bear,

for she will eat them in secret,

in destitution, in the siege and the desperation

which your enemies will inflict upon you, in your cities

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If you do not observe to fulfill all the words of this Torah,

which are written in this scroll,

to fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord, your God

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Then the Lord [will bring upon] you

and your offspring uniquely [horrible] plagues,

terrible and unyielding plagues,

and evil and unyielding sicknesses

* * * * *

And He will bring back upon you all the diseases of Egypt

which you dreaded,

and they will cling to you

* * * * *

Also, the Lord will bring upon you

every disease and plague

which is not written in this Torah scroll,

to destroy you

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And you will remain few in number,

whereas you were once as numerous as the stars of the heavens

because you did not obey the Lord, your God

* * * * *

And it will be, just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do good for you and to increase you,

so will the Lord cause to rejoice over you

to annihilate you and to destroy you.

And you will be uprooted from the land

which you enter therein, to possess it

* * * * *

And the Lord will scatter you among all the nations,

from one end of the earth to the other,

and there you will serve other deities

unknown to you or your forefathers, [deities of] wood and stone

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And among those nations,

you will not be calm,

nor will your foot find rest.

There, the Lord will give you a trembling heart,

dashed hopes, and a depressed soul

* * * * *

And your life will hang in suspense before you.

You will be in fear night and day,

and you will not believe in your life

* * * * *

In the morning, you will say,

“If only it were evening! ”

and in the evening, you will say,

“If only it were morning!”

because of the fear in your heart

which you will experience

and because of the sights that you will behold

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And the Lord will bring you back to Egypt in ships,

through the way about which I had said to you,

You will never see it again.

And there, you will seek to be sold to your enemies

for slaves and handmaids,

but there will be no buyer

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These are the words of the covenant,

which the Lord commanded Moses

to make with the children of Israel

in the land of Moab,

besides the covenant

which he made with them in Horeb

Devarim- Deuteronomy- Chapter 28 ; 15-69

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“I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;

I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.

I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,

like a flock in its pasture;

the place will throng with people

Micah 2: 12

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Then I said,

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,

    you rulers of Israel.

Should you not embrace justice,

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    you who hate good and love evil;

who tear the skin from my people

    and the flesh from their bones;

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who eat my people’s flesh,

    strip off their skin
    

and break their bones in pieces;

who chop them up like meat for the pan,

    like flesh for the pot?”

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Then they will cry out to the Lord,

but he will not answer them.

At that time he will hide his face from them

    because of the evil they have done.

This is what the Lord says:

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“As for the prophets
    

who lead my people astray,

they proclaim ‘peace’
    

if they have something to eat,

but prepare to wage war against anyone

    who refuses to feed them.

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Therefore night will come over you, without visions,

    and darkness, without divination.

The sun will set for the prophets,
   

 and the day will go dark for them.

The seers will be ashamed
  

  and the diviners disgraced.

They will all cover their faces
    

because there is no answer from God.”

But as for me, I am filled with power,

    with the Spirit of the Lord,
 

   and with justice and might,

to declare to Jacob his transgression,

    to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    

you rulers of Israel,

who despise justice
    

and distort all that is right;

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10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    

and Jerusalem with wickedness.

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11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,

    her priests teach for a price,
    

and her prophets tell fortunes for money.

Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,

    “Is not the Lord among us?
    

No disaster will come upon us.”

12 Therefore because of you,
    

Zion will be plowed like a field,

Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    

the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets

Micah 3

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Thank you Lina


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When I visited my friend, we sat to watch the news together with her little girl Lina, who surprised us with her wisdom and compassion.

Six-year-old Lina
Sitting with her mum
In her world of dreams
Watching news

Gazing away
Abruptly she says
“Mama
You know
Those Jews
Who took our land
If suddenly
They changed their mind
Decided
To give it all back
Even our trees
And our food
Then they’d become poor
They wouldn’t have to worry
We will give them
Some of our food
Share with them
Every thing we have
Mama
We won’t be bad”

This little Lina
Only months ago
Had a soldier’s gun
Pointing against her head

This little Lina
Only weeks ago
Had her uncle’s home
By their bulldozers
Razed to the ground

This little Lina
Didn’t know that
Only today
Some settlers
Protected by guns
And soldiers,
Invaded her village
Silwan
Near Jerusalem
Forced the inhabitants out
Of their homes
And occupied them

This little Lina
Proved very wrong
All that they say
“The abused …
Will become the abuser”

This little Lina
Never lost her soul
This little Lina
No doubt
Is our hope
And our ultimate victory

February/2004

What Really Matters!


When all gets dark

And life loses its colours
When evil tightens the grip

And the wicked leads the way

When fall falls before its time

and frost grows around
When your heart is torn and worn,

and you feel like throwing it away

Don’t give up, just wait a little while,
Turn your back
Close your eyes and
Remember what you have forgotten
Try to find if you’ve lost, 
Apologize if you’ve hurt,
Forgive if you have been hurt,
Caress if you’ve been deprived,
Pursue, if you have dream
Share if you’ve been bereft,
Giggle if you’ve been aggrieved,
Embrace if you’ve been shun,
Give if you’ve been denied,
Excel if you’ve been scorned,
Feed if you’ve tasted hunger
Rejoice if you’ve felt somber
Accompany those who know


Hold on tight to those you love,

Cherish those who care for you,

Because life is too short
and it is full of wonder

 

Beloved Jerusalem


Ten measures of sorrow God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of pain God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of agony God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of heartache God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of suffering God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of trauma God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of patience God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of endurance God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of bravery God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of benevolence God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of determination God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of generosity God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of modesty God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of tenderness  God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of blessing God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of kindness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of joy God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of wisdom God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of elegance God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of peace God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of harmony God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of tranquility God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of grace God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of  sweetness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of compassion God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of gentleness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of mercy God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of faithfulness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of devotion God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of love God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of beauty God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of hope God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Ten measures of holiness God gave to the world

Nine to Jerusalem and one to the rest

Only in Palestine


In Palestine, good and evil assemble

In stark contrast

An epitome of creation

In Palestine, heroism meets malice head on
No concealment, no pretence

In Palestine, kindness confronts bitterness

 Mercy grows defiant

 “Never forget and never forgive” mantra is brought to shame

In Palestine, walls all around
Yet, sitting on the fence is no longer an option
One must choose a camp

In Palestine, from prophetic schools saints and angels graduate
Yet, out of sorcery spells fiends and devils are frothed into being

In Palestine, hatred is a chain, millennia old
Pulling to Hell of depravity
Beasts who promote

In Palestine, endurance is a meadow, blossoming through parched soil

Painting the horizon

 Tears of elation and whispers of devotion

In Palestine, tenderness is a melody, sung by Gaza shores

Growing in abundance, filling hearts and minds

Dancing at twilight, healing girls and boys

In Palestine, love is a rainbow, shimmering above
Lifting to Heavenly splendour
Sublime nostalgic souls

In Palestine, faith is ocean deep

Patience knows no boundaries

Sincerity soft tactile and hope… sky-wide

In Palestine, sinners are repentant

The pious clothed in modesty and lovers intertwined

In Palestine, sisters made queens, brothers are protectors

Children are adored, fathers held up high

but under mothers’ feet Paradise is laid down

In Palestine, the hungry is fed, the lonely is embraced

The lost will be guided and the searching will find

James Perloff

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