by Doron Beckerman
A reaction to the recent Cross-Current debate, in verse.
Meager meals, discarded peels, joy in truth discerned
Grand ideals, delighted squeals, trashcans being burned
A focused life, a scalpel knife, study, persevere
Avoiding strife, man and wife, your kind’s not wanted here
Invite the guest, pass the test, benevolence and grace
See the best, thanks expressed, another abhorrent case
Guarding eyes, eschewing lies, praying with heart aflame
Heeding cries, spiritual highs, rocks that blight and maim
Passion, drive, souls alive, belief as strong as cedars
Wake up at five, for greatness strive, misinforming leaders
Yet these exist, they will persist, a beacon to the nation
Through haze and mist, the catalyst, for merit and salvation.
[Rabbi Doron Beckerman is a Rebbe in Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim. Once upon a time, he was American]