Rabbi, poet and artist

Moshe L. Kuskin waxes poetic about his uplifting book of Jewish poetry

By SHALOM SAXE
June 27, 2018 17:33
Art

Right: Study of ‘Young Woman with a Pitcher’ originally painted by Dutch renaissance artist Jan Vermeer. Left: Still life: ‘Leaves in the Shadows. (photo credit: MOSHE L. KUSKIN)

 
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THE THREE monikers, “rabbi, poet and artist,” are not usually found in juxtaposition, but for Rabbi Moshe L. Kuskin, of Brooklyn, New York, they are quite apt.

The recent publication of his widely-acclaimed book, “Seraphim’s Touch” by Targum press, now available on Amazon and at Jewish book stores around the US and Israel, represents a first in the world of Judaica. It is the first book of sophisticated English poetry published independently by a bona fide publisher of Judaica. The author successfully takes the classical forms and structures of poetry, such as free verse, blank verse and sonnets, to express the feelings and longings that emanate from the Jewish heart. The poetry is both lyrical and descriptive, serious and whimsical and often expresses profound and novel interpretations in Torah thought. It is uplifting and inspirational, and extols the wonders of creation in a beautifully expressive fashion, attributing a deeper meaning and purpose to the natural phenomena that surround us but which we so frequently take for granted.

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