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Directions. As Walsh pointed ou t in his article on T iempo fo r
Revista Iberoamericana
(Nov., 1945), more than any o the r Jewish
w riter o f A rgentina, T iempo was the in te rp re ter , the d e fende r
and the conscience o f the Jews o f Buenos Aires. As d irec to r o f the
periodical,
Critica Y El Sol
and o f the review,
La Columna,
T iempo
played an im po r tan t p a r t in the literary development o f A rgen ti­
nian Jews. His first volume o f poetry,
Versos de Una
was published
in 1923, and his ta lent was soon acclaimed. T he volume was
recently republished in Buenos Aires. T iempo may justifiably be
regarded as the “d ean ” o f A rgentinian Jewish poetry. His book,
Libro para lapausa del sabado
(1930) received the literary prize, el
Prem ier Premio Municipal de Poesia in the same year. This vol­
ume was followed by two more books o f poetry whose titles reflect
a similar theme:
Sabation argentino
(1933) and
Sabadomingo
(1938).
His poetry is Jewish in theme and content, lusty, often witty,
and sometimes mischievous.
Reb Menashe Dorogofsky
what beautiful girls you have!
the brunette enchants me,
also, the red-head.
The trampled plants of our century
spring again from their feet
the curve o f the Hebrew sky
which claimed my faith.
-
the feast of Tabernacles of my life
new tablets of the law
-
Adonai stretched out this bridge
with the figure of a woman
between my harsh dreams
and the dreams of Israel.
* * *
Reb Menashe Dorogofsky
what beautiful girls you have!
which will I choose
fo r a nuptial feast
i f the brunette is made of roses
and the red-head o f honey?