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Yakov Azriel was born in New York and came to live in Israel after finishing his BA in English literature in Brooklyn College (summa cum laude) at the age of 21. When he came to Israel, he studied at Mercaz HaRav Kook for two years, and later on, completed an MA in Judaica, and in May 2004 he received his doctorate (on the stories of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav). He is presently a lecturer at Herzog College. He has published four full-length books of poetry: Threads From A Coat Of Many Colors: Poems on Genesis (2005); In The Shadow Of A Burning Bush: Poems on Exodus (2008); Beads For The Messiah's Bride: Poems on Leviticus (2009); and Swimming In Moses' Well: Poems on Numbers (2011), all published by Time Being Books, a literary press that specializes in poetry. Over 250 of his poems have been published in journals and magazines in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, and his poems have won eighteen different awards in international poetry competitions. In addition, Yakov has twice been awarded fellowships from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture for his poetry. Dr. Azriel can be contacted at: yakovaz@hotmail.com
I HEARD A VOICE AND WENT
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I HEARD A VOICE AND WENT
"… Come and inherit the Land which the Lord your God swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to their seed after them." (Deuteronomy 1:8)


I heard a Voice
And went, as if
I had no choice.

The Voice was clear:
"Stay no longer —
Leave now — for There —

Come to the Land
I will show you:
Mountains — Stars — Sand —

Fig-Trees — a Vine —
And in its Streams:
Honey — Milk — Wine — "

The Voice said: "Go!"
And echoed: "Seek—
And bless — and know."

The Voice called me
And I followed
My destiny.

Not deaf — not dumb —
Not even blind —
I chose to come.

A Voice I heard —
And ever since
I breathe the word

Aliyah.