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                                           Contemporary Jewish Writing

Zack Hoffman's poems have recently been published in the Licton Springs Review and Indolent Books - What Rough Beast. For the past thirty-five years, Zack has lent his acting skills to stage, films, cartoons and  commercials.  Zack is best known for the cartoon voice of Zartan on the GI Joe cartoon series.

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Hebrew
Zack Hoffman


In a language I don’t understand

God waits for me

Parchment scribed in sacred land

Pointing out my bondage


God waits for me 

In fear I run

Pointing out my bondage

Lighting candles for dead ones


In fear I run

From lightning bolts I perceive

Lighting candles for dead ones

Traditional ritual lunacy


From lightning bolts I perceive

Beards with black rabbinical robes

Traditional ritual lunacy

Unavailable to rootlessness like me


Beards with black rabbinical robes

Parchment scribed in sacred land

Unavailable to rootlessness like me

In a language I don’t understand

Elijah's Opening
Zack Hoffman

The Rabbi held the mic like a south end rapper

giving downbeat and rhythm to a community nigun

freedom from bondage is our history at the Seder

prayers over kiddush cups so all of us commune



The Rabbi told the story of the Pharaoh and the plagues

marking spring for the people on the Hebrew calendar

Miriam brings the water and the mourners bring an egg

History of Exodus to Sinai so our children will remember



The Rabbi dipped the parsley in Jewish people’s tears

Inviting us to look inside and leave behind the epitaph

of Anti-Semitism descending in a world filled with fear

salvation won’t be found searching for another golden calf



Five thousand years walking out of our stuck places

crossing deserts where footprints leave no traces