The On Being Project

Esther Cohen
Esther Cohen

is a novelist and poet living in New York City. She's the author of several books, including Book Doctor. Read more of her writing on her blog I Am and I Am Not.

A Home Is People

A photo-poem for Sukkot in celebration of shelter and wandering, harvest and shared meals.

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A Home Is People

These Days Are a Thousand Times Richer When We Celebrate Every Day

Three poems to celebrate new beginnings every day, atoning, and reconciling.

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These Days Are a Thousand Times Richer When We Celebrate Every Day

Easter, Passover, Spring Continues

With the celebrations of Easter and Passover in our rearview mirrors, a poem and a postcard for the year to come.

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Easter, Passover, Spring Continues

Passover, Easter, Spring: The Stories of Us All

A photo-poem to celebrate the first night of Passover and life’s endless series of stories.

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Passover, Easter, Spring: The Stories of Us All

Our Liberations Are Connected: Passover’s Meaning in 2016

Our lives and our liberations are bound up in each other. A photo-poem exploration of hope, freedom, and the meaning of exodus.

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Our Liberations Are Connected: Passover’s Meaning in 2016

The Eight Candle: I Wanted To Be Him

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

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The Eight Candle: I Wanted To Be Him

The Seventh Candle: We Got Older

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

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The Seventh Candle: We Got Older

The Sixth Candle: Kindness Is Right Up There

Finding the light isn’t difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.

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The Sixth Candle: Kindness Is Right Up There

The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.

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The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

The Fourth Candle: Can I Call You Back?

The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.

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The Fourth Candle: Can I Call You Back?
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