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The Significance of an Identity

by Yoel Nitzarim

Thrust explosively into an Israeli

policeman's back, the five-inch-long

dagger reopens a bloody wound

deeper than that of one

man's body —

the wound bleeding —

life's basic body building block

in the global religious center of

Old Jerusalem.

Attacked while patrolling the

Muslim quarter, treated in

emergency fashion in the

holy Christian Church

of the Holy Sepulcher,

this man's fate

explores

the guise donned

kindred adherents of the

Three Great faiths — a bloody shirt

disturbing the immiscible consistency of their

consanguineous, colloidal cadre.

Perambulating the Via Dolorosa

four weeks previous

to the '01 Intifada

a Jewish American couple

of late child-begetting years

becomes

prophetically absorbed

in colloquy: the conception of a human being,

continuing an appellation

the quasi-forsaken memories

associated with three uncles,

fallen victim to the Nazi death camps

and one grandfather,

a survivor of early

twentieth century East-European pogroms.

WITH WHAT ANGUISH THE AREA

OF THIS INFANT'S IDEATION

MUST BE REFLECTED ON:

WITH WHAT PRIDE

DOES THE CHILD'S

SURVIVAL BRING TO FRUITION;

WITH WHAT AWE

EACH LIVING SOUL

ETCHES OUT A PLACE ON EARTH.

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from the March 2003 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

 

 

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