Sh’mot 5784 Haikus

December 13, 2023Helene Kohn

Sh'mot

Feeling unworthy
Who Shall Be foretelling all
reassures Moses

Va-eira

Outstretched arms summon
Ghastly chaos forewarning
An obdurate heart

Bo 5783

The mixed multitude
all wrapped in remembrance
removed from Egypt

B'shalach

Pure exuberance
In symphonic unison
our freedom's anthem

Yitro

Unprecedented
one assemblage listening
"Ani Adonai"

Mishpatim

Be accountable
to the brilliant cloud's Presence
forever watchful

T'rumah

Picture the structure
of exacting measurements
God as architect

T'tzaveh

Etched signet gemstones
masterpieces of weaving
God-given talents

Ki Tisa

These stiff-necked people
regardless of circumstance
observe My Shabbat

Vayak'heil

Imagine a world
Of such abundant giving
My cup overflows

P'kudei

Completed at last
A Glorious Filled Mishkan
The Eternal's tent

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