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“Weathering Winter”

Lawrence Bush
February 16, 2018

by Shirley Adelman




The comfort of kasha,

on a cold winter day,

warming me up,

like Yiddish words,

flying across the table

many years ago.



Taking time from what

should be done,

to what must be done:

cooking a winter borscht,

to nourish my soul,

hungry for the flavors,

of childhood.


Shirley Adelman has been published in academic, literary, and medical journals in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and South Africa. Her poetry appeared most recently in Blue Collar Review, Kaleidoscope, and Jewish Currents.

​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.