Going Viral

A new poem from Zohar Atkins offers a poetic meditation on life in the COVID world.

Wicked

In this poetic tale from Marina Zilbergerts's recent poetry book You Were Adam (Wipf and Stock), a learned and passionate woman struggles with her yetser hara, nicknamed "Wicked." The yetser is imagined as a fantastic character who accompanies her through Jewish Toronto's banal suburbia. "Wicked '' is a sympathetic and tragic apikores who knows how to get her where it hurts, but he also speaks the truth. He is a careful social observer present with her at all times. From going on weekly shopping trips, being in shul, to more intimate moments, this demonic character becomes her unlikely friend. In an ironic twist, the lessons taught to her by her yetser help her embark on the path of repentance.

A Letter to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

A poem addressed to survivors in the Chareidi community about the existential confusion endured by child sexual abuse.

Hollow Land

Zohar Atkins shares a few poetic excerpts in honor of Tishah be-Av

Two Pieces on Terumah

The poetry of the Mishkan: Abe Mezrich mines Parshat Terumah for its poetic potential.

Two poems on God and the World

In this mini-collection of poems, November reflects on the presence of God in the universe.

Ode to a Nightingale

A passionate sonnet by Yocheved Friedman in memory of the Rav, zt'l.

Can One Delegate Holocaust Metaphors?

A Talmudic poem about Holocaust appropriation.

“Filling In” and “The Poet of Auschwitz”

Two new poems by Temima Weissmann address national calamities, both past and present.

A Life Worth Living

As Yom Kippur approaches, Bruce Black's poem touches on the simple power of a humble and earnest request for forgiveness.