Gershon Hepner

Needing to leap with faith

If what’s good should be of any God the will,
is the origin of goodness that God’s choice,
or vice versa,
the precursor
of that same God, His goodness the commanding voice
demanding he be good, so He’s not God until
He’s good, and thus required
to act with goodness, sired
by it and not its sire? This dilemma may
have given rise to a great story that’s not nice,
the one about a God
who acts just like Nimrod,
hunting a beloved son as sacrifice
from his old father. Though He ends up saying “Nay!”
the cruel demand is proof
that God is goodnessproof,
transcending with His Power rational ethics, divine Lord
who demands us all to leap with faith like Kierkegaard
and thick-headed rams and mountains, as wise words in Hallel say, o-
vercoming ignorance, galvanically like Galileo.

Ps.114:4 states:
ד  הֶהָרִים, רָקְדוּ כְאֵילִים;    גְּבָעוֹת, כִּבְנֵי-צֹאן. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like young sheep.

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at