ON BEING, or Passover, Easter, Spring

Dear People I Know and People I Don’t,
It’s one of those complicated HOLIDAY TIMES. Where we want to celebrate, where we are ambivalent about celebrating, where we try to figure out what we are celebrating. And who will join us at the table.
For years I’ve been trying to figure this out a little with my good friend and wonderful photographer Matthew Septimus. On Being has put us back on their site for the next eight days, with his pictures and my poems. Every day I will post the link here.


If you could one of those days go to the site and write a word or two, any word or two, that would be great. We want to continue, and we need other people to say OK.

Tonight is the second night of Passover. If I knew what Liberation meant, I would tell you. But I do know it’s always a good idea to have a meal with friends.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Hi Esther, This time it was a meal with my 96 year old father in Ramat Aviv, not with friends at a Druze restaurant on Columbus Avenue. And here in Tel Aviv it’s a non-kosher chag sameach, though I did buy two rolls made out of matza meal – 5 shekels a piece. Went well with lox and also roast beef.

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