Setting of two poems for Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (Stanley Kunitz’s “The Layers” and Mary Oliver’s “Invitation”) here at Bayit. (August 2018)
Chanah in poetry and trope, a contemporary poem by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus, set in haftarah trope here at Bayit. (August 2018)
Setting of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in haftarah trope for MLK weekend 2018:
Mashup of excerpts from Esther and the Congressional Record in Esther trope for Purim / Women’s History Month 2018:
This trope mash-up of Esther and the 2/7/2017 Congressional Record (“nevertheless she persisted” silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren) commemorates Purim and Women’s History Month at a time when society especially needs brave truth tellers to hold back the tide of hate.
Purim affirms Esther’s stand against official silencing, abuse of power, misogyny and anti-Semitism. At first an outsider, Queen Esther used her insider power to reveal and thwart official hatred that threatened Jewish life and safety. We celebrate one woman’s courageous cunning to right grievous wrongs within corrupt systems.
The archetype of heroic woman standing against hatred continues to call out every society still wrestling with official misogyny, power abuses and silencing. For every official silencing and every threat to equality and freedom, may we all live the lesson of Esther and all who stand in her shoes: “Nevertheless, she persisted.”