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On a Hasidic Theme

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For my aunt Pesye-Chana and my uncle Shaye-Yidl

The Rebbe Reb Dovidl dwelt in Talne,
Now he abides in Rachmistrivke.
Currently I reside in New York
Although I hail from Moskalivke.
        It’s quite a distance from New York to
        ’Twixt the Rebbe and me—a remoteness
            more immense:
        Whilst I revel in profane dancing and
        He rejoices in God with ritual chant
            and dance.

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