Michel M.J. Shore

A Reflection for Rosh Hodesh Av

A Reflection for Rosh Hodesh Av

(For the personal and collective good)


When nothing can be said, or should be said,

Stillness is not an option but a must,

For the sake of all others and oneself.


Why is that a challenge for leaders, for us?

Why must hearing oneself, without purpose,

Be for aggrandisement and nothing else?


When care for all needs, one holds one’s tongue:

“He who conquers himself is greater than

He who conquers cities;” then all rally


Together, to support the cause for all

With words that bring all together, as one!

About the Author
Michel M.J. Shore is a retired judge of the Federal Court of Canada and recently made a home in Israel. He is the writer of several published books and poetry collections.