Common Bond(age)s [Thanks, peppermint!]

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The 55-year-old Rabbi’s new heart

Comes from a 22-year-old

Exotic dancer

Who fell head first

Off the stripper pole.

Two A positive souls

Who’d never meet in life.

Now when the Rabbi

Quotes some juicy Torah

He thinks he hears

His inner stripper laughing.


Written for dVerse.

*This title sucks. Suggestions for a better title are 1000% welcomed. Updated: peppermint came up with “Common Bond(age)s”, which I like much better. Thanks peppermint!


  1. Wow! Amazing story (I read that it’s based on truth in your comments) and a fabulous take on it. It’s a great poem. I am trying to think about the title. You don’t want to give away that fun end in the title. It could be something like: The Rabbi’s Heart… boring but to the point.

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  2. Wow, it’s so humorous and fascinating–I bet he hears that inner stripper every now and then! That’s amazing it’s based on a true story, and I find it beautiful how different parts of ourselves can live on in others (literally). Beautifully penned.

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      • I went to a panel discussion on prayer. She was not my idea of a rabbi, but maybe she was a cantor. I forget. Anyway, there was a Jews for Christ “rabbi” on the panel and she made it clear he was not a Jew. One was a retired Presbyterian minister or some such. And a lone atheist. She was remarkable, lovely, and friendly. But she had a following in the audience. 🙂

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  3. I laughed, I cried, I found there to be considerably more depth on the second reading, and now all I can do to supplement my feeble “like” is to simply tell you directly – delightful stuff.

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