Part of Being Jewish Is a Choice

Music: Ancienne Melodie de la Synagogue.
By Charles-Valentin Alkan. Performed by Felipe Sarro at Free Music Archive
under a Creative Commons license.

Part of being Jewish is a choice
As one becomes an act of preservation.
Seders start the stream of admonition,
Stories meant to bind one to the past.
On words alone the exiles had to last,
Verses reified by repetition,
Each an heirloom of a generation
Reared to give those ancient words a voice.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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