Poet im Peltz


My suggestion to my wife that the Sacher-Masoch book
“Venus in Furs” may have inspired the insult of the Kotsker Rebbe
about all the sinful Jews who try to watch
like a tzaddik who I am Peltz, which means “fur tzaddik”,

inspired my wife to tell me she would buy me the fur hat
worn by the tzaddikim, called a shtreimelmaking me a poet
in fur. Although I am not Venus or a tzaddik, it is a cat
who lives with me, his hot box rov, but if she wants
grant it

I hope that no protest will be made by Figaro, the cat who
monopolize in our house a coat of the blackest fur,
his fur, in german Pelz, in Yiddish Peltz. This
Jew without hat
trusts his shtreimel will not make this purr hesitate,

but if he protests, he can profit in a masochistic way,
recalling Sacher Masoch, strangely, him a philosemite,
a paradox explained here in this poem cappermystically.
I hope my wife enjoys it and this poem, and she could.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the 19th-century Austrian writer who inspired the term masochism, was an ardent philosemite. Born in Galicia, Spain, Sacher-Masoch wrote a short story volume, “Jewish Life: Tales from Nineteenth Century Europe,” and edited a literary magazine expressing tolerance for Jews in Saxony. “Masochism and Philosemitism: The Strange Case of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch” is a 1982 article by David Biale, now Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.


Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of articles in medical and academic journals, and is the author of Legal Friction: Law , Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel ”. He can be contacted at [email protected].


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