The Sukkah of Peace: “Hope” Springs Eternal

Rabbi Dr. David Ebner

Every day has its poem (Shir Shel Yom) as does every holiday (Piyut).

In this series, four poems are read and unlocked to reveal paths that enlighten the solemnity of Rosh HaShanah and

Yom Kippur and the joy of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The trembling soul of the Days of Judgement and the

dancing soul of Sukkot and Simchat Torah are refracted through the themes of poems by Denise Levertov, Harvey

Shapiro, Emily Dickinson, and William Shakespeare.


Rabbi Dr. David Ebner was an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the United States before making aliyah in

1982. He served as a Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivat HaMivtar and is one of the founders of Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. The

author of three books of poetry, he is also working on a curriculum for the teaching of English poetry as it expresses

various aspects of Torah values.

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