“God doesn’t throw dice,”*
Rabbi answered when asked why
and why again.
So many questions
So few answers
Why…the Romans, the Greeks, the Syrians
Why and why again
Why…the Egyptians the Inquisition, the Germans
The world against us ‘Why’?
What to say the Rabbi thought
To bring a little peace
A little peace at Rosh Hashanah
He smiled at the voice in the back row.
“God doesn’t throw dice,” Rabbi answered.
A little less certain with voice cracking
During days that should be filled with joy
The boy in the back of the shul (synagogue)
Would not be tamed, would not be sated.
“Why Rabbi, why?
Why does my Zadeh (Grandfather) have a number on his arm?
How can this happen? Why?”
“I don’t know,” the Rabbi finally whispered.
A pin dropped no one heard.
Except the little boy.
* quote by Albert Einstein
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