I go walking after midnight
Stepping softly while the seminary sleeps.
Haunting Hogwarts halls alone
With the ghost of Rabbi Heschel
Standing in stocking feet.
Hank Williams echos in my head
As the quiet reverberates through
The sanctuary of the empty shul.
The silence is deafening.
No bushes are burning.
Am I here all alone?
I came here looking for something,
For meaning, for direction,
The comfort of tradition, rituals, structure and law.
I came here looking for truth.
“Shul” is pronounced “shool” and is the Yiddish term for a Synagogue.
The image at the top of this post is the logo of the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC and is meant to represent the burning bush that God spoke to Moses through in the book of Exodus.