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Jeff Halper
October 01, 2014
This article is more unprofessional than one-sided. Not only didn't the reporter ask for Ken Boas's responses to her criticisms and those of the Dean -- or just to get some depth on his views -- but half the story was about some guy who didn't even speak. Maybe he will -- the reporter said he would be -- so why interview him and not the speakers? Strange.....
by alongtheserivers
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Hello Poetry Lovers,


Today I'd like to announce a new publication that I had the honor of co-editing with Michael Wurster. It is THE BRENTWOOD ANTHOLOGY, a collection of work by 22 talented people, all members of The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange workshop that meets at the Brentwood Library.

Here is the flyer for the launch event, to which we cordially invite all:

THE BRENTWOOD ANTHOLOGY, edited by Judith R. Robinson and Michael Wurster,  is a collection of poetry written by the current Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange workshop members, many of whom are both regionally and nationally known. The publisher is Lummox Press, of Long Beach, California.

The anthology includes poetry by: Michael Albright, Joan E. Bauer, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Ziggy Edwards, Timons Esaias, Mark Goldman, Barry G. Govenor, Johnny Hartner, Gene Hirsch, Joe Kaldon, Sheila Kelly, Kathy McGregor, Jolanta Konewka Minor, Ed Murray, Steven Pusateri, Judith R. Robinson, Nick Romero, Lucille T. Seibert, John Stokes, Christine Telfer, Arlene Weiner and Michael Wurster.


Grace Cavalieri, Producer/Host,“The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress,” says: “What is poetry worth…?I wish I’d had THE BRENTWOOD ANTHOLOGY to answer…This book is a refuge…here we have the intimate, the unique, the cunning…all within a gathering of poets…This anthology presents a spectrum of those restless to create…I promise the reader will respond wholly, with pleasure.


 cover art by Judith R. Robinson


Launch Event: Saturday, November 1, 2014. Meet the authors at 7:30 pm.

The Brentwood Library 3501 Brownsville Rd.  15227

Admission and refreshments free                            info 412-681-3018



In addition to the launch event on November 1, there will be a series of readings by the poets over the next months. All are free events.


As of now, they are:

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm: Shaler Public Library, 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA

Art and Inspiration Series

Saturday, December 6, 7:00 pm: East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Ave. Bloomfield

Local Pittsburgh Launch Event

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm: The Carnegie Library, Main Branch, Oakland

International Poetry Room, 2nd floor



There are 120 poems in the anthology.  As a sample, here are two poems by poets

Arlene Weiner and Eugene Hirsch, MD.



If You Went Away


If you went away it would be like winter--

like Times Square, midnight,

New Year's Eve.

I's get used to drinking

the whole pot of coffee

if you'd ever leave.


I'd sleep in the middle of the bed until late.

If you left me I'd miss you

because I can't throw straight.


If you left I'd be

like a horse out of water,

a prisoner without a cell

or a jailor.

I'd get the right kind of yogurt.

I'd eat organic lettuce.

I'd really be hell

o sailor!


Because how do I need you?

Like a hole in the head

like a hole in the shoe

like a hole in the hat

that I'm talking through.


         ---Arlene Weiner


By the First Light of Day


I see the outline of your face.

My eyes turn beyond,

to the strokes of black cedar

cast against an amber sky.


Trees bend to the water

that lies before them.

Your silver hair

wisps back

from the brim

of your forehead.


Sunlight streaks

across the lake

to glance your features,

splaying opal hues

that kindle your smile.


I follow the furrows

in your smile

beyond the first light

of day, beyond

the silhouettes of cedar,

to the irrepressible

brink of the sky.

                                 --Gene Hirsch


We cordially invite all poetry/literature fans to join us for any and all events.


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Rabbi Jonathan Perlman



Approaching Yom Kippur, a thorough scrubbing for the New Year
by Rabbi Jonathan Perlman
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Rabbi Jonathan Perlman
Why does Rosh Hashanah precede Yom Kippur? You would think that if our sins were instantly forgiven on Yom Kippur, we would be in a better position on Rosh Hashanah to be inscribed for a new year of life, health and happiness.
Yom Kippur ends the 40-day period of spiritual reflection and moral inventory that began on the first day of the month of Elul. Like Moses climbing the mountain for a second time, we encounter the debris left behind and reflect on our biggest moral failures of the previous year (for Moses and Israel, it was the Golden Calf).
Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Awakening, the day that Adam became aware of the world about him. For us, it is the penultimate day of repentance or teshuvah. Our minds are alerted by the shofar’s calls. We are called to act.
On the 40th day, Moses begged God for forgiveness; Yom Kippur becomes the ultimate day we wipe the slate clean. The process of teshuvah is more than just regretting one’s sinful act.  According to the Rambam, for it to be effective, a decisive personality overhaul is required so that this person is not the same person who committed the sin. It is only logical that Person B should not be punished for a sin committed by Person A.
That may explain why the punishment, as exercised by humans, can be rescinded, but that does not undo the act. Only God can accomplish that: “I will have wiped away your willful sins like a thick mist and your transgressions like a cloud” (Isaiah 44:22). When a mist has cleared, not a trace of it remains.
Yom Kippur is a day of Purification. “For on this day, atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you” (Leviticus 16:30).  Imagine a car wash. We vacuum out the carpeting and clean the interior fully. Then we wait to get on the track that leads through a tunnel.    During the 10 days of repentance, we give ourselves a full scrubbing and allow the rinse cycle to bring through our shine for Yom Kippur Day. Our fasting represents an end to the process of purification. We have entered a contemplative space where only angels tread. We have no bodily needs or desires. They are left behind, as we rest in God’s presence, our Creator and Maker, and take comfort in the gift of another year.  Ultimately, the 40-day journey has not exhausted us; we don’t feel put down or defeated after scraping the scum of the old year. We celebrate our humanity, for we are God’s children. Yom Kippur is truly the rebirth of the New Year!
Rabbi Jonathan Perlman is the rabbi of New Light Congregation. This column is a service of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association.
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