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Today’s Passover-themed podcast is taken from Robert Alter’s new edition, The Poems of Yehuda Amichai. Host Marcela Sulak reads excerpts from Amichai’s long poem “Gods Change, Prayers are Here to Stay.”

“I declare with perfect faith
that prayer preceded God.
Prayer created God,
God created human beings,
human beings create prayers
that create the God that creates human beings.”

Listen to last year’s Passover podcast, with more Amichai and more information about the holiday of Passover.

Text:
The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai. Edited by Robert Alter. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2015.

Music:
Ernst Toch – Cantata Of The Bitter Herbs
Mendy Portnoy – Pesach Piano Medley

Producer: Laragh Widdess
Technical producer: Alex Benish

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