This Week I Will Go To Shul

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Written by: Blumie Raskin Abend

This week
I will go to Shul.
For Lori Kaye,
A woman in 2019 who died
Because she was born
A Jew.

I will go to Shul
For my grandfather
Who survived the hellish nightmare
That was Auschwitz
But who’s family
I never knew.

I will go to Shul
For Eva, the instagram poster
Who wanted to live
Who wanted to be a child
But her youth
Was ripped away from her.

I will go to Shul
For Gabi and Rivky Holzberg
Who were murdered
In cold blood
In their home.

I will go to Shul
For baby Shalhevet
The child of Chevron
Who barely lived on this earth
And now occupies a place
On High.

I will go to Shul
For my grandmother
Who’s parents died of starvation
Under Stalin’s rule
Who survived by the skin of her teeth
Through Russian orphanages
And cruel dictatorship.

I will go to Shul
For the Six Million.
I will go to Shul
For the Israeli soldiers.
I will go to Shul
For the Russian progroms.
I will go to Shul
For the Roman massacres.
I will go to Shul
For the heroes of
The Spanish Inquisition.
I will go to Shul
For the Jews sent to Siberia
I will go to Shul
For the Babylonian exile.

I will go to Shul
For my children.
I will go to Shul
For your grandchildren.
I will go to Shul
Even though I can’t help but feel
A tiny bit afraid.
I will go to Shul
To show them we are strong
We are brave.
We are not the people
Who cowered in fear.

This week
I will go to Shul
Because I am a Jew.

Will you?

9 COMMENTS

    • Huh?
      Firstly, I would assume that Ms. Blumie Raskin Abend does keep kosher, and has been going to shul on a regular basis for some time.

      Secondly, what does one thing have to do with the other?

  1. Yes!! Not only “this week” but for 50 years plus and for many of those years every day!
    Now the question is WILL YOU?

  2. ANONYMOUS… I’M A YIDDISHE MOMMA!!! I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO SHUL!! DOES THAT MEAN I DON’T KEEP KOSHER???
    TYPICAL JUDGING OTHERS THAT GOES ON HERE …

  3. The word “whose” was misspelled twice as “who’s”.
    (“who’s family”; “who’s parents”)
    Where the editor/proofreader?

  4. go to shul, keep kosher, do and keep the sabbath and all the mitzvot becauuse our Master of all- Hashem said so. and if you add a reason, then “oich gut” thats good too!

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