Posted on October 17, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media
Early in 2013 my wife Sharon and I visited Israel for the first time. We rented an apartment in Jerusalem (Rehavia), and used it as a base to explore as much as we could in one month. I had prepared a long list of objectives and almost all of the objectives were achieved.
One of my goals included visiting Pardes. I had only in recent years learned about the Pardes concepts, learned about the existence of the Pardes Institute, and decided to visit and sit in on a few classes. Doing so became one of the many joyous highlights of our Israel visit.
I took many photographs, but struggled as to how best explain the power of our Israel visit to others back home in New Jersey. I determined that poetry combined with photographs would be a concise vehicle. I prepared a booklet of 12 poems titled Impressions of Israel. The poem shown (poem 9) disclosed the sense of personal discovery, the excitement I felt in seeing a vibrant life of study, and the respect I gained in seeing the flourishing of ideas into the lives of young leaders.
Lambertville, New Jersey
For most of my life I did not know
that Torah contains nuggets of knowledge,
not just punitive rules
I did not understand that Torah is
best served up by wise teachers
with joy and compassion
to find redemptive meaning
in biblical narratives
In this Jerusalem school
students search for what endures,
a quest to relate to one’s inner life
with the life of our
to find justice
reverence for life
July 8, 2013
Israel series, Poem 9