Jake Marmer


A Delirious Interpretation of the Binding of Isaac for Yom Kippur

By Jake Marmer

A Delirious Interpretation of the Binding of Isaac for Yom Kippur
Writing of Kafka’s tales, Walter Benjamin pointed out that Kafka’s tangled meanings “do not modestly lie at the feet of the doctrine, as the Haggadah lies at the feet of Halakah… they raise a mighty paw against it.” Benjamin, ultimately, juxtaposed the Jewish law (halachah) with mythic storytelling (aggadah), envisioning the rise of the latter from the downfall of the former. One can only imagine how pleased Benjamin would be reading Alexander Nemser’s poetry collection “The Sacrifice of Abraham,” released earlier this month from Bookieman.Read More


POEM: 'The Robe: Improvisation on a Theme'

By Jake Marmer

This poem’s “head” (first three lines) are attributed to Rabbi Menachem Nachum Twerski of Chernobyl (1730-1798). Read More


POEM: 'everywhere'

By Jake Marmer


POEM: Medievaluation Rag

By Jake Marmer



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