One of the pleasures of writing this blog is meeting people I never would have met otherwise. The presence of Seraphic Secret on the web makes possible new and profound friendships that transcend time and space. These are relationships that exist without face-to-face interaction. Many of you who read Seraphic Secret have offered words of comfort, words of support for which we are eternally grateful. Some of you have lost children and find some measure of comfort in the pages of Seraphic Secret. All of you are deeply empathetic people who by reaching out to Karen and I are performing a tremendous mitzvah. For us, you are all Seraphic friends.
Karen and I feel that we are bound to so many of you in a genuinely intimate manner that over the next few days we’d like to use this space to write about and introduce some of our new and wonderful friends.
Pearl S., from Canada, is a most accomplished woman: a frum poet and editor, Pearl has been reading and writing to Seraphic Secret almost from the very beginning. Recently, Pearl was kind enough to send me Parchment, a journal of contemporary Canadian Jewish writing, ISBN 0-9689766-3-8. The writing is of the highest quality featuring an eclectic mix of fiction, essays, memoir and poetry. I have not had a chance to read the whole issue but I’ve read enough to recommend this publication to my readers–who are a highly literate and articulate group. The e-mails Karen and I receive are a testament to this. Pearl’s poem Remembered Vignettes offers memories of a trip she took to Israel twenty years ago. I love these stanzas describing a girls’ religious seminary in Safed:
inside the cold stone building
girls are huddled in a central hall,
grouped around an ancient-looking black telephone,
giggling, talking excitedly among themselves.
one girl holds the receiver to her ear,
waiting and listening.
“i got a blessing! i got a blessing!
the rebbe gave his blessings for a good shidduch!”
an impromptu hora is danced
these future brides without their grooms.
A yasher koach to Editor Adam Fuerstenberg for putting together a first-rate Jewish literary journal. Anyone interested in subscribing, write to:
Centre for Jewish Studies, Vanier 260
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Pearl’s e-mails to Seraphic Secret are infused with the same warmth and lyrical imagery that makes her poetry so compelling. Her advice in promoting and publicizing The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden has also been excellent and businesslike. For a small publisher with limited resources, this is deeply appreciated.
There are so many of you I want to write about: Joyce, Malky, Debbie, Mr. Brown, Jackie, Tzipi, Sara, RW, Surie & Joe… forgive me if I miss anybody. I hope to write about all of you, with your permission, of course.
I hope you all have a meaningful Shabbos.