The Baal Shem Tov
holy man with a sense of humor (wouldn’t you
like to hear his jokes) said a special meal
should happen tonight.
Second Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber added
the dictum of four cups of wine.
Tonight we will meet for dinner:
South Africans, Chileans, Egyptians, Jews,
Indians, Chinese, Filippinos, French, Cubans, Communists, Capitalists.
All family now.
Although that might not be just
what the Baal Shem Tov had in mind,
we celebrate in a Druze restaurant
Dominican waitress named Marianela.
Once she was married to an Israeli who died .
African husband now.
Chag Pesach Sameyach she says.
And then, Next Year Someplace
Where Everyone’s Welcome.