Merle Feld, “We All Stood Together,” A Spiritual Life: A Jewish Feminist Journey, p. 205.
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My brother and I were at Sinai He kept a journal of what he saw of what he heard of what it all meant to him I wish I had such a record of what happened to me It seems like every time I want to write I can't I'm always holding a baby one of my own or one of my friend always holding a baby so my hands are never free to write things down And then As time passes the particulars the hard data the who what when where why slip away from me and all I'm left with is the feeling But feelings are just sounds The vowel barking of a mute my brother is so sure of what he heard after all he's got a record of it consonant after consonant after consonant If we remembered it together we could recreate holy time sparks flying
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. How is the protagonist's experience different from her brother's? Why?

2. What issues of women's empowerment in this poem are still true today?

3. What would have needed to happen for the protagonist to be a full participant?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)