The Last of the Jewish Sufis

The Elevator

The door opens Seven times
Every 19 years
The elevator operator asks —

With whom
Would you like to learn

I will choose Bar Yochai
Or the prophet Elijah
Who taught the holy Ari

Or the holy Ari
Who learned with
Abraham Isaac and Jacob

Or Luzzatto the Italian
Who memorized all the teachings of the Ari
When Luzzatto was 14

Or the Baal Shem Tov
Who was tutored in secret by Baal Shems
Until he was 36

Or the 4th grade teacher who taught respect
And to create
Out of sadness

From the holy Ari
I will learn to read out
Foreheads and hands

To know faces
Especially when they

From the Baal Shem Tov
How to listen –
And prescribe remedies

From Bar Yochai
How to occupy myself
With the needs of others

How to be a good student for my teachers
A good teacher
For my students

From the prophet Elijah
I will learn
Readiness Eagerness

From Abraham Isaac and Jacob I will learn
To Pray at different times of

I might ask to spend a time
With the last of the
Jewish Sufis

He will teach me again
To be enchanted
By everything

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