Satyrs are Real and other Haiku – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Aliyah 2)

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Then Moses wrote this Torah

Deuteronomy 31:9

No-one wants to think
about Yom Kippur in the
middle of a plague.

Azazel – fallen
angel – We’re bringing goats to
wherever he fell.

Your clothes are not off
the hook if you sin. Cleanse them
along with your flesh.

Why wait until the
seventh month to afflict your-
self – If not now, when?

The word slaughter is
used more times than I prefer
in aliyah two.

For God’s sake, if you
slaughter an ox anywhere
bring it to the priests.

No more sacrifice
to the satyrs. But now
we know they are real.

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