“Shema Yisrael” – by Alyse Radenovic

Call of the Shema

Call of the Shema

May you listen to the call of the Shema
with open heart and mind
as you navigate towards the One

May your encounters unite you towards
Echad as your life’s journey’s
moves you closer to the All

We hear Jacob became Israel
for he has striven with beings divine and human
God was in this place and he didn’t know it

With much struggle Jacob reunited with Esau
yet still troubled saw God in his face

In embrace they wept

With much struggle we move towards the One
With much strife we move to become United

We weep and take the next steps

As we limp along towards the One
may our Angels protect us, may God lead us

In Shema we hear
In Echad we unite
In Life we act
“God One”


About Todd Greenberg

A Jew by birth, a seeker for 60 years. Having realized that all my previous studies and searching brought me back to Judaism as the foundation for my Spiritual practice and my connection to Hashem. Life's love and all that has been challenged in me has been inspirational over the last year to write poetry. Thank you for the opportunity to share what is in my heart and mind.

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One comment

  1. I love this simple but profound image of life as a journey back to oneness/wholeness/Hashem through life's struggles. I grew up being taught that if you had problems they were YOUR fault somehow–always. As an adult I learned that struggle was as inevitable as sunrise and could make me a better person. But this elevates the whole journey as a journey back home. Thank you for writing this.