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Aryeh Baruch

Having spent his childhood in science museums, Aryeh Baruch (אריה ברוך) finds a deep connection to the Divine through science and mathematics. He composes (often math or science related) poetry in Hebrew and English. Aryeh has a Masters (and one day a PhD) in theoretical mathematics.

מָעוֹז צָרוֹת | A Fortress of Troubles, a qinah for Tishah b’Av by Aryeh Baruch

Contributed on: 18 Jan 2023 by Aryeh Baruch |

This qinah purposely follows the structure of, and borrows phrases from, the text of Ma’oz Tzur. It was inspired by, of all things, a “Ruin a song by changing the first three words” Facebook post – someone had responded to it with “Ma’oz Tzarot…” and the rest all but wrote it itself. . . .

An additional stanza for Ma’oz Tsur after 7 October, by Aryeh Baruch

Contributed on: 07 Dec 2023 by Aryeh Baruch |

A supplemental stanza to the popular 13th century piyyut, Maoz Tsur, for the Ḥanukkah occurring in the aftermath of the horrors on 7 October. . . .

אֵל מָלֵא לְאַסְטְרוֹנָאוּטִים וְגָּשׁוֹשִׁיתוֹת | El Malé for Astronauts and Probes, by Aryeh Baruch

Contributed on: 30 Nov 2022 by Aryeh Baruch |

In 2016 after reading David Brin’s Earth (1990), I wrote this blog post and later felt inspired to write this variant of El Malé for the vessels and probes that carry our dream of space science, and then also for the astronauts who died while pursuing that dream. . . .

מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר לְיוֹם הַנִיצָּחוֹן | A Song for Victory Day, a psalm anticipating Death’s end by Aryeh Baruch

Contributed on: 01 Jun 2023 by Aryeh Baruch |

An ecstatic psalm envisioning the eventual victory of Humanity over Death itself – the ultimate Victory Day. Although the primary focus is on our ending of the process of biological death, it also touches on the Resurrection of those who have fallen, as well as the defeat of the ultimate Death – that of the Universe itself. . . .

זָכוֹר אֵת אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה לְךָ חָמָאס | Remember That Which Hamas Did, an adaptation on the liturgical reminder to obliterate Amaleq by Aryeh Barukh (2024)

Contributed on: 15 Apr 2024 by Aryeh Baruch |

A riff on the mitsvah to obliterate Amaleq in Parashat Zakhor, adapted to the horrors committed by HAMA”S and its allies on 7 October 2023. . . .

דָּם זְכַרְיָה מְבַכֶּה | The blood of Zekhariah cries out, a qinah by Aryeh Baruch

Contributed on: 12 Oct 2023 by Aryeh Baruch |

As I was in NYC, I first heard the news of the pogrom with which Hamas opened the war between Hallel and the Torah reading on Shemini Atseret. The beginnings of what is now the final stanza of this… I am unsure whether to refer to it as a qinah or a piyut first stirred in my soul during Tefillat Geshem, and the refrain of that stanza during Hakafot that evening. Prayer and song, no matter how joyous, has taken on a somber, cutting, desperate edge for me in this new world where the safety I had once taken for granted was revealed to be an illusion, which is reflected in taking from the phrases taken from the liturgy of the Yomim Nora’im. . . .

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