Friday, December 21, 2007

Genesis Draws to a Close...Haiku Friday!

Genesis ends now
This week's parsha is the last,
the story, wrapped up.

Jake is gonna die.
He calls Joseph to his bed,
makes him swear a vow:

"Don't bury me here
take me home to lay me down
to rest with my dad."

Joe brings his sons forth
to get blessed by their zeyde*
a whole list of good.

Then the sons are blessed
(Jake's other eleven bros)
Each one hears from Dad.

He reiterates
his yen to rest in Israel's
Cave of Machpelah

Then he dies. Joe cries.
Joe orders his embalming
It takes 40 days.

They took Jake up north
To bury him as he wished
the whole family went.

The brothers got scared
that Joe would retaliate
now that Dad was dead.

Joe told them "Don't fear!"
He committed to protect
all the family clan.

Time flew - Joe got old.
He made his fam swear a vow:
"Take my bones with you."

And thus ends the book
The family saga complete
What's next for the Jews?

(Stay tuned for Exodus...)

*Yiddish word for Grandfather (pronounced zay-dee)

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the planet of janet said...

i always look forward to our weekly haiku'd parsha from you!

Toni said...

A joy to read as always! Thanks for sharing, Rabbi Phyllis!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see what's in store for us in Exodus. This is just like Lord of the Rings. You have some idea what's coming, but you need the next installment to be sure!!

suchsimplepleasures said...

love it! i should print it out and read it to my son's preschool class...these are awesome...
write a book!!!!

Anonymous said...


This is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Excellent as always Rabbi!



Very interesting!!!

Melissa said...

Exodus should be cool in this format. Thanks for these!