An Early 20th Century Jewish Poet Writes About Do

By Yossi Sheriff

In Avraham Ben Yitzhak’s poem there are lines of great insight:

“Blessed are they who sow and do not reap

They shall wander afar”

Few lines afterwards he adds:

” Blessed are they who know

Their hearts will call out from the desert

And calm will blossom from their lips

Blessed are these

For they shall be gathered into the heart of the world

Wrapped in the Abaia of emptiness

No words will tell their endless destinies.

So beautifully written by a poet who was born in 1883 in Poland, and who probably never practiced martial arts.

10/05/2007