by Ira Bedzow
Softcover, 151 pages
Published by Penina Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-936068-25-8
Striving to record observations of things in his own world, and yielding a perspective that is pertinent to others as well, Ira Bedzow's poetry reveals emotions, frustrations and perspectives that the author has encountered in his life, further supplemented by a few remarks and reflections that strive to give expression to what is already on the tip of our tongues. Through poetical aphorisms, Bedzow intends to fulfill what Job unwittingly advises, "I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile."
About the Author:
Ira Bedzow is the author of Halakhic Man, Authentic Jew: Modern Expressions of Orthodox Thought. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Rachel and daughter Ella.
Praise for Things Overheard in the Synagogue:
"Ira Bedzow's wise and sensitive poetry is a 'life story' of introspections and self-evaluations on the backdrop of Jewish traditions and beliefs. Some of the poems are confessional, addressed to the Almighty, and some to humankind."
-Edith Covensky, Poet and Lecturer at Wayne State University
"Ira Bedzow's poetry speaks with a voice that is decidedly contemporary, and yet hinges on ideas and values that have, historically, been of universal interest. Lyrical, yet succinct, he navigates ideas as essential and complex as love, faith and self-discovery."
-Avni Doshi, Art Curator for Gallery Latitude 28 in Delhi, India, and writer for ArtSlant Contemporary Art Network
"Continuing in the great midrashic tradition, Bedzow's poetry arouses our attention to the sensitive interplay between the said and the unsaid in central Jewish texts, while at the same time inviting us to reflect on the pivotal moments of Jewish life."
-Jacob L. Wright, Assistant Professor, Emory University