Tradition & Innovation

Poem for Torah on Simchat Torah

Each time, each time

And each year

We read the ancient words

Burrowing into the empty spaces

Between those words,

Feeling the wonder there

Letting them sink into us

As we become one with them,

Resting ever more deeply this year

In each line, each phrase

Each word.


Sinking into them and held mesmerized

In their embrace

The profound, expansive meanings

Washing over us, in us, and through us

Giving us a new glimmer of understanding,

Speaking to us of our ancient selves

And the life of our present heart.


This year may more of their secrets

Be unlocked

This year may we fall into them

And be caught there

Enveloped by their cosmic wisdom

Held more deeply than ever before.

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