Friday, February 15, 2008


God spoke to Moses
Tell them all to bring oil
for sure from olives.

Oil is for lamps
to burn continually
inside the Mishkan*.

Have special clothes made
for Aaron, his sons - the priests.
Breastpiece and ephod,

robe, tunic, sash in
gold, blue, purple and scarlet,
fine twisted linen.

Beautiful gemstones
will decorate the breastplate
to honor the tribes.

Urim and Thummim
go in the pretty breastplate
for Aaron to wear.

Don't forget the bells
so you can hear when he comes
into God's presence.

To ordain the priests
God gives a ceremony.
They put on the clothes,

and kill a young bull.
Sprinkle the blood on the priests
and on the altar.**

The same with a ram,
then take up the bread and cakes
and burn it all up.

The offering helps
remind them all of God's love
and presence within.

*Hebrew word for Tabernacle
**I'm so glad that we don't ordain rabbis like this...

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transplanting me said...

fantastic 'ku. the haiku translation of the old testament - brilliant.

Toni said...

Always a pleasure reading your ku, Phyllis. Thanks for the insight!

Kathryn said...

Are you working on a haiku book, yet? Because you should!

janet said...

excellent as usual.

enjoy your trip!!!!

storyteller said...

These are amazing Haiku pieces. What a gift of poetic translation you have developed!
Hugs and blessings,

secret agent mama said...

"The offering helps
remind them all of God's love
and presence within."

Love that line. Love it!

The Egel Nest said...

Your Torah Ku's rock :)

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anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Love my Torah Friday. I'm with you. I don't think I'd consider ministry if I had to kill a ram and cow.