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Spring 2019

Poem: When They Come to Take You

When they come to take you

midrash Bereishit*

Song or Songs



Uncle Josef.

See how the seasons change

how long till I find within myself

now so full of regret

nights when she’s almost full to bursting.

My own grandfather—about Josi

specific materials.

Who are you to live?

In this life words cling to me

like handcuffs.


Advice to a contemporary poet.

Yet I don’t think I’ll differentiate

On and on and on


Translated by Aloma Halter


*homiletic interpretation of Genesis

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Haviva Pedaya

Prof. Haviva Pedaya is a poet and scholar of Jewish history at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

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