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ISSUE:  Spring 2012

We must live with the times.
—Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi


Each morning I skim the books they study,
a few minutes to remember that anger

is idolatry and world means concealment.
And when someone slaps the lectern

and the prayers start, I try not to think
of what comes after: sunlight

angling against the cars angling
against each other. In the study hall,

an hour to prepare, an hour to ask:
Live with the times, what does that mean?

To make my flight, I prayed early
as if the room were empty:

walls of books I had not read, the teacher
adding a question to yesterday’s answer.

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