A Modern Kinah for 9 Av

So much is written about this fast day known as the 9th of Av.

This year we have to wrestle with the detention of a Rav

who identifies with the Masorti stream,

who is definitely on the Holy One’s team.

Yet Israel’s Public Jewish Law does not seem

to want to recognize other than Orthodox ways

and so we now live in a complicated maze

of medieval patriarchal religious norms.

Yet the Chief Rabbinate does not care about the storms

that are raging in Jewish hearts both far and near

as hateful words we have to hear

about the way we live as modern Jews.

Hey, Bibi, this is not FAKE NEWS.

On this 9th of Av, in the year 5778,

Wake Up Zionists, it is not too late.

Let us work toward the beautiful harmony,

of both Judaism and Democracy.

About the Author
Francine M. Gordon is an artist/activist who maintains homes in New York and Cleveland. From November 2010 through November 2016, through The Sacred Rights, Sacred Song Project, she produced over 10 Concerts of Concern in the US and Israel. Since establishing her New York residence, Ms. Gordon has become a member of the New York Federation’s Israeli Judaism committee which focuses on exactly the same issues as SRSS. In addition, she has become a proud member of the Zamir Chorale which allows her to express her Zionism through song.