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The Shrine Whose Shape I Am

Samuel Menashe


The Shrine Whose Shape I Am

Samuel Menashe


Poem introduction

And there is a scene in the Bible where, many centuries later, the Ark is being brought into Jerusalem, and David is dancing as it's being carried into Jerusalem, and he is described with the phrase "and David danced before the Lord with all his might". When I read that phrase as a boy, I loved it, and then only in my middle age I realised that it wasn't a figure of speech, it was believed that God's presence inhabits the ark and so literally he was dancing before the Lord with all His might.

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