Poetry, My Witness (Weekly Torah)

“This poem will be my witness,” says God to Moshe (Deut. 31:19). Here, God refers to a poem predicting future events: Israelites stray from God, find devastation, and return to a nurturing God. In what sense can a poem be a witness? Clearly, not in the way a person who experiences an event can be a witness. A poem is not a person, and not the subject of an experience. […]

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