Chai-ku Poetry Celebrates Jewish Values

Chai-ku Poetry Celebrates Jewish Values

April is National Poetry Month and April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day. Haiku poems are usually written in 3 lines. The first line contains 5 syllables. The second line has 7, and the third has 5 – so 17 syllables in all. But they can be shorter. Content is more important than syllable count.

The Book Meshuggenahs invite all creative kids to enter their original haiku poetry that captures a Jewish value: Chai-ku! You can write about values like emunah, trustworthiness; kavod, respect; achrayut, responsibility; as well as tzedek, fairness; chesed, caring and kindness; and shomrei adamah, keeping and repairing the world, honoring our commitments and uniting us, even when we cannot be together.

Email entries to The deadline is May 31. Each winner will receive a certificate and a book for grand prize winners, or a virtual book reading for second prize winners. Also, with written permission from a parent or guardian, we will celebrate your Chai-ku on our site, Facebook and Twitter.

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