poetry by Chana Senesh translated by I. M. Lash


Seed falls, the golden grain takes root,
Not on the rock, not on the paved road.
Gather it in, black dust,
And blanket it against the heat and frost.
This speck of life enclosed within a husk.
Seed of infinity, this tiny little grain,
Pressed underneath the dust and waiting for a sign.
For mark of Spring, for ray of light, for sun,
For day.

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Israel: A Feminist Future

The articles in this special section:

The Illusion of Progress, the Realities of Change

by Alice Shalvi

The leader of Israel’s wall-to-wall women’s coalition on why there’s movement now.

Contemporary Mythogynies in Israeli Fiction

by Patricia Golan

A look at the works of Esther Fuchs, Israeli feminist literary critic.

57 Reasons to Get in Touch

compiled by Toby Axelrod

Where to go to find a grass-roots women's organization in Israel

A Women’s Mideast Peace Dialogue

by Toby Axelrod

Miriam Mar’i and Amira Dotan explore the possibilities.

40 Years of Rescue

by Ruth Gruber

Telescoping the urgent history of saving Jews since the mid-1940’s, veteran journalist Gruber reminds us of why we love Israel.

Challenging the Religious Establishment

Leah Shakdiel tries to crack the male power structure in her Negev town.

The Paradoxical Heroism of Chana Senesh

by Lori Wilner

A new view of the martyr whose short life and touching poetry are part of our usable past.


poetry by Chana Senesh translated by Peter Hay

To A Good Friend

poetry by Chana Senesh translated by Ziva Shapiro


poetry by Chana Senesh translated by I. M. Lash

Blessed is the Match

poetry by Marie Syrkin