Parsha Poem for Bechukosai



I’ve been looking into what “keri” means,
It’s sometimes defined as frivolous,
And this was the source of our worst nightmares,
Behavior vain and imperious.

The shmitas were particularly critical,
And the following year of Yovel,
But we took credit for our bounty,
And because of that we fell.

We were scattered among the Nations,
’Til we make up for all those shmitas,
How many we’ve missed,
And when they’re finally paid up,
Is open to different shitas.

About the Author
Born and raised in the New York City area, Nisan moved in 1967 to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He graduated from Colgate University, and received an MA from William and Mary. Nisan resided in Charlottesville, VA, Newtonville, MA, and Baltimore, MD before making aliyah in 2013. He has been married for thirty-nine years, with three adult children and nine grandchildren.
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