ESSAYS “I Speak for the Leaves”: Tribute Issue for Chana Bloch (1940–2017) I speak for the mothers who cry at weddings. I speak for the lovers, husband and wife. I speak for the leaves. —Chana Blo Ch , “Sgno ” a mountain when it is no longer a mountain, goes to the sea when the sea dies it goes to the rain when the rain dies it goes to the grain when the grain dies it goes to the flesh when the flesh dies it goes to the mountains [. . . .] you have wished us a bonded life —Jyud g rahn , “a funeral lpain Sgno mofr a ueogrny mowan to an loerd mowan ” We gather together in the pages of this special issue for Chana Bloch to sing of her a funeral plainsong of profound appreciation, of enduring love, of great sorrow at her leaving. We gather to tell of how she touched us, graced our lives with poems that taught and illuminated, offered comfort and truth. We gather as her sisters and her daughters, her students and her readers. We are a devoted group, and we know what we have lost with Chana Bloch’s
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Aug 7, 2018
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