Standing in Strength – Channie Greenberg
The Boss constructed a comprehensive universe, asking only support,
Devotion, service. Trees, rocks, birds, bovids, came into play, making
Bearing loads, bringing sacrifices, building The Temple, easier. Scores
Of blissful rites; praying Shema, observing Shabbos, gladdening brides,
Were fashioned to flood our days, nights with meaningful actions. Yet,
Quickly, our deeds became residual, grew into disconnected goings-on
(Sinister powers created to balance goodness were revealed as jealous.)
While star-littered skies persist as perfect soporifics for wearied seniors,
Some old folks suffer dire senescence. Dvrai Torah press kind dealings
With them, with families, urge strengthening all of the Klal’s members.
Disparate from external civic masterpieces, “home” exists here besides
Ethereal spheres. Tzion remains situated independent of nation-states’
Willingness to express truth, act civilly. Piety’s value calls for risking
Release parallel to stressing life’s prospect, revising shallow opinions.
Material bonds cull affliction as European kirks, desert mosques flout.
Unwavering self-determination’s insufficient. Enemies’ perfidy, storms
Boarders, uses convergent media-based guerrilla warfare. Even with our
Light, our inspirational wisdoms, our resistance of perversities, Internet
Lies, rock-throwing villains, deadly balloons endure. Obstreperous sass,
Murderous purposes, Riparian factions even now pace near The Jordan.
Modern insistences on domination burn equal to Lag B’Omer kindling.
Nonetheless, dull-witted entities try to destroy us relative to: international
Vagaries, myriad evasive talks, tired animosities. Betrayers linger, forget
All but shared, nonsensical values. Still, Samara, Judea are Eretz Yisrael.
Yesha is our bequeathed allotment. G-d gifted this domain. Am Yisrael
Lives per heaven’s will. We stand rooted in tradition, branching to print,
Electronic symbols. Verity’s been long appealing, even compelling, but
Never consolation; our obedience endures because our service is to G-d.
KJ Hannah Greenberg maintains that life is precious and that our words need to reflect this truth. Consequently, she tilts at social ills and personal evolutions via poetry, prose, and other forms of creative expression. Recently, she and Rivka Gross finished a serialized novel, My Neighbor Judy, which was published in Tachls Magazine and which addressed the topic of v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha.
In the next few months, Seashell Books will release Hannah’s On Golden Limestone, the third volume in a series of collected essays about Israel. Also, Cactus Moon Publishing will soon release Hannah’s novel Upon the Lion and the Serpent, a story about Torah answers to the challenges experienced by an extended family living in North America, Europe, and Israel. As well, Hannah is currently authoring a blog on writing and the publishing industry, “Word Citizen,” for The Jerusalem Post