Poem of the Week–Interfaith Thanksgiving

Interfaith Thanksgiving

When the imam stood on the bima
and began to chant from the Holy Quran,
there was a second of surprise –
like an imperceptible flicker
of the ner tamid
high on the wall behind him

and the synagogue members
may have held their breath
just for those few first notes
until the verses carried clearly
echoing the Hebrew prayer read minutes before by the Rabbi -
two languages so similar in sounds and cadence,
the Arabic words filled the sanctuary,
touched the prayer books in pews,
sang to the large menorah on the wall,
found their way, even,
to the Torah scrolls hidden in the Ark,
and surrounded all of us who sat
listening
at this celebration of
Thanks-giving,
imbued with a
new understanding of an old truth:
that sometimes it takes
just as much courage
and risk
to remind us less of our differences
than what we have in common

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, CA

Comments

  1. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    ALAS, IF IT WERE ONLY TRUE.
    B.W. ST. LOUIS BRANCH NLAPW

  2. Anna Di Bella says:

    The poem was poignant: A perfect Thanksgiving message. Let our voices rise in one song on this day

  3. Dawn Huntley Spitz says:

    An important truth, beautifully expressed. Thank for your reminding us.

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