Thursday, January 31, 2008

laws laws laws

In this week's Torah portion, Mishpatim....

God gives lotsa laws,
tells Moses to pass them on
for all to obey.

Laws for keeping slaves,
how to treat your maids and wives,
penalties and rules

don't hit mom or dad,
what to do when an ox gores,
don't throw stones or smite.

It's eye for an eye
life for life and tooth for tooth
burning for burning...

If you dig a pit
and someone falls into it
you have to make good.

The people answered:
"all that God has said we'll do!"
So Mo wrote it down.

Mo went up the Mount
left Aaron in charge of things
and all the judging.

A cloud covered up
mount sinai from all their view
Mo stayed forty days.

(What happened while he was up there? Stay tuned...)

Shabbat Shalom!

(I'm feeling a bit neglectful of this blog...I promise to work on that!)

1 comment:

storyteller said...

Reading your Haiku versions of Bible stories these past two weeks makes me think you're as "fluent" in the medium as I. I something "think" in 17 syllables 5-7-5 almost effortlessly ... enjoying it all the while. Thanks for visiting Small Reflections today. I'm feeling better, but am still under the weather. As for why I've got evens in one place and odds in another, I've got two blogs and tend to post at Small Reflections 1st (early in the morning) and Sacred Ruminations later on ... hence the numbering. The pattern may change this week unless inspiration strikes soon. All I've been able to do is respond to emails and visit a few more blogs so far this afternoon.
Hugs and blessings,