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Shom vs. Po (There vs. Here)

Posted by rutimizrachi on 23/12/2008

Yom shlishi, 26 Kislev 5769.

Nes gadol haya shom  PO!

My friend, S. Galkin, writes a yearly Chanukah greeting to friends and family.  Through her delightful poetry, she copes with a move back to the States after several years in Israel.  She gave me permission to share her thoughts with you.

Subject:  Greetings from the Land of … PO?!?
Date:  December 2003

Dear Family and Friends, both “po” and “shom,”

Faithful readers of my mass mailings know
that at Chanukah time, I loved being PO.
PO, of course, means here, which I am.
But “here” is only POetic in our Holy Land.

In Israel, the dreidel knows just what to say:
Nes Gadol Haya PO!*, which is spelled with a “pey.”
But here, we say “there,” which is so much less fun.
Here, the “pey” on the dreidel’s a “shin,” as in “shom.”

Here, everything is all lit up green and red,
“Seasonal” tunes are forced into my head.
There, the streets are aglow with menorahs at night,
and the sufganiyot are a month-long delight…

But just when this all started getting to me,
and I cried “What kind of Chanukah will this one be?!”
I suddenly thought of a man with a name
that is one of Baltimore’s best claims to fame.

Edgar Allan, they called him.  His last name was Poe.
His works are still published.  His “raven” well known.
And I said, “Look at that!  I am here.  Don’t you see?”
In the land of Poe, after all — with an “e”!

It’s not quite the same, but it will just have to do,
till we return to the land where the real PO rings true.
Meanwhile, I’ll say Merry Kislev** to you,
and Chag Urim Sameyach*** to ev-er-y Jew.

Thank G-d, we’re okay, and we hope you are, too.
Adjusting to freezy-cold temps and the snew****.
Please drop us a line, and tell us about you.
Are you well?  Are you warm?  Is there anything new?

Last, but not least, let us know when you’ll be
heading our way for a day, two or three.
Meanwhile, best wishes for a choref bah’ree*****,
from Bill, the Galkinder, and of course, yours truly.

* A Great Miracle Happened HERE!
** the current Hebrew month
*** a joyous Festival of Lights
**** that’s how the real Baltimoreans say “snow”
***** a healthy winter

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Chanukah’s in the Air

Posted by rutimizrachi on 14/12/2008

Yom rishon, 17 Kislev 5769.

Oh, goody!  I FEEL like it’s Chanukah already.  My latest issue of Haveil Havalim (The “My Kids Wish It Was Chanukah Already” edition) just arrived!  Thanks, Jack.

Enjoy a little pre-Chanukah light.             

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Chanukah Reflections

Posted by rutimizrachi on 04/12/2007


Yom Shlishi, 24 Kislev 5768/4 December 2007, Tuesday.

As we approach the lighting of the first candle of Chanukah this year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. To Hashem, for allowing us to be here, as a family, and also as a nation. To those early gevurim, who answered “Whoever is for G-d, follow me!” with a resounding cheer. To the rabbi of this little community, for approving everything, individually, that goes into the makolet. To my husband and sons, for being brave enough to leave “the ‘hood.” To all those Israeli shopkeepers, for filling their shops with fresh sufganiot and brightly-colored packages, to remind me that this is OUR country. To the kids from Bar Ilan a few years ago, who brought the world’s attention to the destruction being perpetrated under Har HaBayit. To those same young people, who are continuing to do something about it.

There are many other things about which to be grateful; but these are a few that come to mind at the moment.


Every task is quaintly different here. I sponga my floors, instead of vacuuming my rugs. I hang my clothes with clothespins on a metal and rubber rack, to air-dry them, when the weather permits. (They smell wonderful!) Avi and I shlep our agalot (cloth-covered wheeled carts) to the makolet, to buy groceries. We have gotten very clever about putting them in the under-belly of the 164 bus, and shlepping them to Malcha Mall, for larger shopping. We are managing fairly well without a car. I scrape the water off of my countertops with a little squeegee, when I am finished washing dishes. My stove has two ovens: one is for milchigs, and one is for fleishigs. I can bake in them simultaneously, with Rabbinic certification that there will be no “cross-contamination,” no breach of the halacha against mixing meat and milk. I am having a wonderful time in my Jewish and Israeli home!

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