Leviticus Haikus

March 14, 2023Helene Kohn


Dispatch guilt and sins
Send up scent and sacrifice
You are forgiven


What pleases our God
Meticulous rituals
Priests as exemplars

Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

For those promises
Bring Deliver Redeem Take
Israel was freed


Alien fire yields
consuming consequences
mourning in silence


Examine a flaw
transition to a clean state
isolate and pray

Acharei Mot/K'doshim

Death then holiness
laws of love honor restraint
God's admonitions


Be it festival
Shabbat or moments between
make every day count

B'har B'chukotai

All things must release
servitude and property
are impermanent

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