Poetry

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Seventeen (Sappho)

  Sappho Willis Barnstone I was overcome by a wild sort of joy earlier in the week when I realized that if I ever get stranded on an island or out at sea without (God forbid) any...

Homeless woman

Unfortunate homeless young woman sat on the bench with her little child at the bus stop. She watched the traffic of cars and people. She felt despise and indifference of human hearts.

Faith – Michael Lyle

Faith We all doubt. There are even times when we doubt it all. Everything. Other times, we doubt certain aspects, this understanding or that assumption. It matters little whether these aspects are orthodox doctrine or...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Nine (Stevens)

Wallace Stevens "Gray Room" Sometimes a poem builds in perfect and unanticipated ways towards the last line. The journey is beautiful, though seemingly not extraordinary, and then BAM--we're hit with that line--the one that makes our...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Two (Divakaruni)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni "The World Tree" from Leaving Yuba City Just a couple of hours ago, I had the most exhilarating conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni for Tiferet Talk. If you were not able to listen live, I urge you to listen...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Eleven

From Bareback Alchemy: http://melissastuddard.blogspot.com/2012/05/mnemosyne-weekly-poem-eleven.html Lucille Clifton cutting greens I've been just nuts about this poem ever since the first time I read it. The "kissmaking hand," the kitchen twisting "dark on its spine"--what a mythic image Clifton...

teachings in dialogue

a rebbe once asked his students what would they do if they knew this was their last hour of life. the answers were the usual suspects: praying, reading the torah, giving to charity, etc....

Interview with Poet Hal Sirowitz on “Being Human”

We've published Hal Sirowitz's wonderful poetry in earlier issues of Tiferet. You'll enjoy this recent interview with him on "Being Human." Be sure to scroll down - there are two parts to the interview! http://www.riffraf.typepad.com/

Gathering in Peace

We have gathered here this evening to celebrate the miracle of Shabbat The week has been difficult But hope shines in the light from the candles we will find peace here Listen to voices, flutes and tambourines Ancient tunes - which have stood the test of time...

Peace All tghe Time, Right? A narritive poem by ko shin Bob Hanson

What a day, What a moment, Thanks and praise to all who made this possible... As we cry out in this moment, the pain of living, The pain of tsunami, of judgment instead of grace… Rejecting some, welcoming...