On a Hasidic Theme
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
Whilst I revel in profane dancing and
He rejoices in God with ritual chant
And as the devout retinue at Talne
Bewails his leaving for Rachmistrivke
So too bemoan my departure for
My desolate kin in Moskalivke.
And the pining of kinsfolk, the lament
The longing of Talne and Moskalivke,
Redeems my vain New York existence,
Exults Reb Dovidl in Rachmistrivke.
And though it were blasphemous to com-
Our Fates’ diversely chartered courses,
The mere change of abodes has caused the
Of longing and hope at Life’s very sources.
And thus are in sweet sorrow joined
The heartbeats ‘tween New York and
As the tender anguish of Talne is en-
The jubilant spirit of Rachmistrivke.