Yizkor 2016: Kehilla Community Synagogue

Hear Lenore read “Yizkor.”

Lenore Weiss at Moe's Books, 10/13/2016

Lenore Weiss at Moe’s Books, 10/13/2016

White robes and prayer books
automatically flip to the right page,
and the cantor, voice of the synagogue,
possessed by the spirit of the sanctuary,
blesses us with a three-fold invocation,
passed along through the centuries.

Facing each other for the priestly blessing,
shawls tented above our heads in stripes and fringes,
I feel hushed like in a scene from Schindler’s List,
factory workers standing and singing
together in one pleated voice;
tonight I know how to read
Hebrew and sing all the melodies.
I am in my house.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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