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The Authors of the Tosfos

Eyes - wells of wisdom
Brows - pure as snow
Countenance - of heavenly brilliance
and Minds -
That uproot and pulverize
Mountains of knowledge.

And looming in the background:
The howling of Crusaders,
The cry of martyrs
Surrendering their soul,
The screams of the innocent
Brutally violated,
A father in siege
Killing his young
and a bridegroom slaughtering
His hearts beloved

Yet upon the surface
of the fields of Tosfos
Among the furrows of insight
and the flowerbeds of understanding,
Not a tremor, not a shadow.
Only faith as a rock
and thought as a scalpel.

From the Hebrew by Yanki Tauber

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Miknaf Ha'aretz

• The All-Inclusive (p. 8)

• Through Tranquility and Turmoil (p. 10)

• A Prayer in the wee Hours (p. 13)

• Freedom of Choice (p. 16)

• The One (p. 17)

• The Spark That Shall Never Die (p. 20)

• The Luminaries of the Generation (p. 25)

• Eternity (p. 37)

• The Memory of the Souls (p. 38)

• The Cry of the Holy Sparks (p. 46)

• Is This Man? (p. 52)

• Tear (p. 77)

• The Ascent of the Tzaddik (p. 89)

• The Dejected's Prayer (p. 96)

• Night (p. 120)

• The Heights of the Holy (p. 144)

• A Story About a Prince (p. 152)