Shoshana Karbasi (Israel)

Shoshana Karbasi (Israel)
Shoshana Karbasi is a poet, author of children’ s literature, poetry editor and also a professional storyteller, stories from the women’ s heritage of Moroccan and Spanish Jewry.
Shoshana lives in Jerusalem, she is a mother of five and her home also serves as a literary salon.
Shoshana has won awards for her poetry and her writing deals with the status of women in traditional and modern societies.
She Writes social poetry philosophic poetry and personal poetry. Her poems published in anthologies, magazines and even won the Ministry of education and Culture Award in Israel.
She also write lyrics in the LADINO languish, Composed for International music Albums by her daughter, the international musician Mor Karbasi.
Reflections in the kitchen in the days of Corona
While baking bread
How much inner peace is required
To bake a loaf of bread,
To concentrate
In the sanctuary of kneading.
To touch the simple materials:
Flour, salt, water
To feel with all the senses,
The right textures of life.
How much joy is needed now
To bake one loaf of bread,
To gather the power
From the deepest human helplessness,
To knead with a swing, cultivate,
To strike the table with full force and shout:
“”I’m alive!!! I’m alive!!! I am!!!
How much power is required
To say out of the sudden difficulty:
“Behold! I have created something that breathes and lives!
This is the bread that my blessed hands created!”
Now, get up!
Hold the jug of water over the bowl!
Imagine that you are a character
Inside a miraculous Vermeer painting,
And not the way you feel right now –
Afraid and hurt
Under the great hands of God.
הִרְהוּרִים בְּמִטְבָּחִי בִּימֵי קוֹרוֹנָה בְּעֵת אֲפִיַּת לֶחֶם
כַּמָּה שֶׁקֶט נִדְרָשׁ
כְּדֵי לֶאֱפוֹת כִּכַּר לֶחֶם,
כַּמָּה “לֹא הַסָּחַת דַּעַת”
כְּדֵי לְהִתְכַּנֵּס פְּנִימָה
אֶל קֹדֶשׁ הַלִּישָׁה.
רִאשׁוֹנִיּוֹת הַחֹמֶר:
קֶמַח, מֶלַח, מַיִם
לָחוּשׁ בִּמְלֹא הַחוּשִׁים
וּבְזֵעַת הָאַפַּיִם
לָדַעַת אֶת הַמִּרְקָמִים הַנְּכוֹנִים.
כַּמָּה שִׂמְחָה נִדְרֶשֶׁת עַכְשָׁו
כְּדֵי לֶאֱפוֹת כִּכַּר לֶחֶם אַחַת,
לְשַׁנֵּס כְּתֵפַיִם
מֵעֹמֶק חֹסֶר הָאוֹנִים הָאֱנוֹשִׁי
לָלוּשׁ בִּתְנוּפָה, לִטְפֹּחַ,
לְהַכּוֹת בְּמַעֲרוֹךְ עַל שֻׁלְחָן בִּמְלֹא הַכֹּחַ:
“חַיָּה!, חַיָּה!, חַיָּה!
כַּמָּה כֹּחַ אֲחִיזָה נִדְרָשׁ
כְּדֵי לִבְרֹא בְּהִתּוּךְ אֱלֹהִי
מִסָּךְ מַיִם וְאָבָק
כִּכַּר לֶחֶם
לְהַגִּיד מִתּוֹךְ הַקֹּשִׁי הַפִּתְאוֹמִי
“הִנֵּה בָּרָאתִי מַשֶּׁהוּ חַם וְחַי,
הֲרֵיהוּ לֶחֶם יַדַּי.
אָחְזִי בְּכַד הַמַּיִם מֵעַל לְקַעֲרַת הַקֶּמַח
דַּמְיְנִי שֶׁהִנֵּךְ דְּמוּת וְרָמִירִית מְצֻיֶּרֶת
מִתּוֹךְ צִיּוּר פְּלָאִים
וְלֹא כְּמוֹ שֶׁאַתְּ – לֶחֶם נָלוֹשׁ לְהַכְאִיב –
תַּחַת כַּפָּותיו הַגְּדוֹלוֹת שֶׁל אֱלֹהִים.
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