We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt and without cost, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.
– Numbers 11:5
It is easier to get Israel out of Egypt than Egypt out of Israel.
– Chassidic Saying attributable to Rabbi Yaakov Shimshon of Shipitovka
In my haste
to remember the taste
of garlic, onions, and leeks
I traversed the Sea of Reeds
with just a pocketful of their seeds
before the Festival of Weeks.
Upon my arrival to Har Sinai
my soul awaited a reply
but there was no word from Above.
“How can this be?”
I asked timidly
to the One embodying all love.
“You’ve yet to empty your heart
of spoils destroyed only in part”
came the rebuke amidst the swirling sands.
“Surely you must know
that those seeds will never grow
in the Holiest of Lands!”