Be a Preposition
Or Every thing is Everything
And it shall come to pass
because [ekev] you listen to these ordinances [Ibn Ezra: if you listen]
and keep and do them
G*d will keep the covenant and the mercy
sworn to your ancestors. [Deut. 7:12]
curious conjunction this – ekev –
we are expecting something more common
im for example if
but it’s ekev
translated because —
the mystery of the uncommon conjunction
something a preposition might admire
ekev also connotes heel
it refers to those acts
ordinarily not paid attention to [Midrash Tanhuma 1]
those that are thrown under our heels
so to speak
Rashi calls them the light ones
the ones that might not attract our attention
the unglamorous deeds.
There are no unglamorous deeds.
I LIVE FOR THEM
FOR EVERYTHING THAT ISSUES FROM YOUR MOUTH
especially the conjunctions of the mitzvah world
the conjunctions most of all
their lovely low-li-ness.
Every generation is a heel generation
every person a heel person
everything previous rests on us
every act every word every gesture
to now —
Every word every conjunction every preposition
every mitzvah light or heavy
We are the heel on which everything rests –
everything counts in some ultimate way
as hidden as the heel that supports
the weight of our bodies.
Everything turns on the lowly conjunction ekev
be a conjunction for a while
be a preposition
You know the laws that I gave you to protect?
Do them and I’ll keep the covenant and the kindnesses
You know the mitzvahs that you didn’t keep?
the ones that you walked on?
the ones that were thrown under your heel?
For that, too, I will keep the faith.
What you did and what you didn’t do
what you remembered and what you forgot
what you honored and what you desecrated
it all rests on the heel of your generation
maybe on you yourself
and one day it may be clear that everything
every single thing preceding
was necessary –
the big the small the good the bad
the beautiful the lowly the lofty
the mistakes —
all of it.