There is much in this world

We don’t understand.

Sometimes we must just say,

“Well, G-d has a plan.”

But we do have direction,

It’s a straight path, because

We were given a roadmap:

The Torah and its laws.


Mishpatim, the laws

By which we live,

Are rational and intuitive,

They appeal to our logic.

They feel correct,

They align with our morals

And intellect.


Conversely, a chok

Seems nebulous;

It doesn’t make much sense to us.

Why do some of Hashem’s commands

Defy explanation,

Subject us to the ridicule

Of the nations?

Their rationale is elusive,

But the discerning still attempt

To cull shards of insight,

To learn what is meant.


The discipline and commitment

To chukim instill

Pure obedience to G-d’s will.


At Y’tzias Mitzrayim

The whole world saw

Hashem’s existence,

His Might and Awe.

The world was G-d’s plaything

When He set the Hebrews free.

But this awareness

Was witnessed externally.


At Matan Torah, revelation

Reached each soul directly.

All who were there

Received prophecy.

The milkmaid, as well as

Forefathers of kings,

All gathered under,

The Sh’chinah’s Wings.

Beyond our boundaries

Of capacity,

Post-rational consciousness,



In every moment,

Of every season,

Truth resides in a realm

Beyond human reason.

Judaism does not reject

Rationale, when it’s shown.

But, it is seen as

A stepping stone

To something higher,

Extraordinary and sublime:

Something that eclipses

Space and time.


Nine red heifers

Were burnt;

Their ashes purified.

There will be a tenth

When Mashiach arrives.


HaKadosh Baruch Hu,

Your chukim elude us, yet

Your chesed always

Precedes emes.

Please forgive us

When we stumble

Through the challenges we face;

We turn to You,

For You receive us with grace.

As we struggle

To decipher life’s acronym,

Mysterious as the ways

Of your chukim.

By Sharon Marcus