Michel M.J. Shore

Two Seders in a Rembrandt Painting – Sonnet

With table candles for the Passover Seder lit,

A Rembrandt painting description did fit;

Father, Mother, two sons and guests recounted

Of slavery in Egypt which resounded.


Years later in Holocaust, genocide compounded,

Tragedies throughout history rebounded.

The liberation from oppressive darkness

To the creation of Israel in starkness.


So many names we recalled of those killed

With their hopes and dreams unfulfilled;

Lost to the annals of cities and towns;

No tombstones oblige their stories be told without bounds.


Israel’s creation, its Menorah lit,

Sets its emblem for Seders at which we sit.

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.
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