Parsha Poem for Devarim



Words – they last forever,
Once they leave a mouth or pen,
Rippling on through time untold,
Not to be reeled in again.

Through Moshe, dibur is restored,
Though he’s difficult of speech,
His da’as the voice behind his words,
His vision beyond our reach.

The Torah that he teaches now,
Starts out as to-cha-cha,
With hints, to learn from what has been,
To tease out the hash-ka-cha.

So he chooses every word with care,
But of all the things he said,
Why is it that we need to know,
Og had an iron bed?

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 ten grandchildren. He lives in Efrat.
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