A Poem: ‘Face Of The Matter’


In a televised leaders’ debate,

the niqab becomes a hot-button issue.


Good arguments on all sides.


I listen carefully,

wondering if I would have continued watching

had the moderator appeared

with her face covered.


And whether I

– or anyone else –

would even have the right

to see her face?


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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