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Feb 2, 2019, 6:46 AM
The Oneg Shabbat Archives: Resistance + Creation
The film, “Who Will Write Our History” focuses on story of The Oneg Shabbt Archives, a vast collection of documents preserved within the Warsaw Ghetto under the direction of historian and archivist Emanuel Ringelblum. These documents represent some of...
Apr 19, 2018, 9:10 PM
Songs from the Diaspora — Poems and Essays from the Far Reaches of Northern Cailfornia
The Long Walk Home We count our way from of that narrow place and the wordless pangs of our natality shared forth in a seas gush bearing us to ourselves the horses and their riders ebb slowly wet and stuttering on my heels while I gulp new words in the bright sun.
May 13, 2017, 12:59 AM
The Motherhood of Torah-on Ruth, Naomi and the Fierceness of Mothers
The celebration of Mother’s Day in the US this year coincided with some reflecting on the upcoming reading one of my favorite portions of Torah, the Megillah of Ruth, as well on a critique I encountered regarding the laws...
Jan 7, 2017, 4:59 AM
Parashat Vayigash – the work of praise (songs from the Diaspora)
Songs From the Diaspora is a poetry blog featuring writing inspired by Jewish Texts, often, the weekly Torah portion. Vayigash What remains- when salt washes earth, and the silos sing us their empty stores? Their bareness borne abroad- and we hear the coming rattle of our chains but...
Dec 10, 2016, 11:17 AM
Parashat Vayeitzei: Jacob’s Dreaming (Songs From The Diaspora)
Songs From The Diaspora is a poetry blog focusing on the weekly Torah portion, or other Jewish sources. Parashat Vayeitzei His ear to an Altar of stones The dreamer conceives A gathering of stars and dust Numerous, beyond compare Next to him, the voices of his...
Dec 3, 2016, 10:34 AM
Parashat Toldot: A Story Told in Full (Songs From the Diaspora)
Songs From the Diaspora is a poetry blog focusing on the weekly Torah portion or other Jewish Sources. I hope you enjoy, please feel free to share and comment. Parashat Toldot As Pisces in the womb- Interlocked hand to foot Aroil before the...
Nov 19, 2016, 12:12 PM
Parashat Vayeira: The Walk Back Home (Songs From the Diaspora)
Songs From the Diaspora is a poetry blog focusing on the weekly Torah portion or other Jewish texts. This week the story of the Akedah, was the source of inspiration. Vayeira With each footfall did his pain increase or might he have been...
Nov 5, 2016, 1:01 AM
Parashat Noach: The World in a Drop of Rain (Songs From the Diaspora)
Songs From the Diaspora is a poetry blog focusing on the weekly Torah portion. This week, I feature Parashat Noach and take inspiration from the ideas of the flood, the ark and the very first generations after the flood. Parashat...
Oct 29, 2016, 10:22 AM
Parashat Bereishit: The Open Loop (Songs from the Diaspora)
Songs From the Diaspora is a poetry blog focusing on the weekly Torah portion or other Jewish texts. This week, I consider some of the very first ideas presented in our portion; the notion of creation and a creator,...
Oct 1, 2016, 11:11 AM
Parashat Nitzavim: To Stand and Reckon (Songs From The Diaspora)
Songs From The Diaspora is a weekly poetry focusing on Torah and the weekly Parashat. This week in Nitzavim I considered the idea of standing together as community in a space out of time. Nitzavim All present of presence Standing ever on the...
Lucinda Lees holds BA in Fine Arts, and is an RN, MS. She is a lifelong writer.