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Andrew Hanin: Congratulations (Response to Tree of Life Massacre)

Congratulations on your victory.

My fear of G-D

redirected toward You.


You’ll never see me

set foot in that depressed sacred space.

Those armed guards aren’t ready for You.

You caught them flat-footed,

made them pay for their mistake.


“All Jews Must Die”


It’s going to be a lot harder to find us now.

I’ll hide my candles,

my braided bread,

my curly hair,

and my horrid hooked nose—

somehow, I’ll hide it.


I am a branch 

that’s been ripped from the sturdy tree.

The trunk and roots of 

my heritage and traditions – 

things of the past.

I hope this bacon is as good as You say.

Andrew Hanin, age 18, is a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

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