Poems for the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur
Two poems from my series on Jewish holidays were recently published by the Jewish Women’s Archive. Fittingly they were about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I’m writing this post just under the wire, clearly.
One poem from my series not included here was recently published in the North American Review. This one is from a series within the series on performances of Kol Nidrei. It feels personally fitting at the moment as I prepare to leave for Spain:
May it be played by Casals,
my beloved Yom-Kippur-goy
of the cello. Perhaps he also
has vows to renounce,
an ancestor forced to convert
rather than burn, forebears
who wished to return.
He’s summoning them now
with his strings, with his bow,
grieving them now.
If you would like to listen to the recording, you can here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-pXTIUGQZA
And because I can’t resist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIKmxTxpuE8
!גמר חתימה טובה