Short “Cuts” — A poem for Parsha Ki Teitzei (Aliyah 3)

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You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Deuteronomy 22:10

Oxen and donkeys
plowing together
mass hysteria!

You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together.

Deuteronomy 22:11

The people who invented
poly-cotton blends are
turning over in their
Jewish spindles.

If a man takes a wife, is intimate with her and despises her . . .

Deuteronomy 22:1

Any words that could
follow these words, and
I mean any words are
not the words you want.

If you have arrived in a situation
where you, of any gender,
want to say these first words
you did not put the right amount
of thought or heart into the
time leading up to this moment.

Do better.
Your heart
and their heart
deserve it.

[A man] with injured testicles or whose member is cut, may not enter the assembly of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 23:2

Well that’s one way of
getting out of having
to go to services.

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