Again the people were stern in heart
Clamoring they would surely die
Why was it G-d didn’t care?
Was the answer of water so difficult a question?
Why did it not come?
Why O Moses?
And the brothers fell in prayer
Telling them to strike their rod upon the rock
Life-giving waters would flow
Thus upon the rock Moses twice struck the rock
Inviting quenching springs
Of mothers, fathers
Yet the L-rd spoke to Moses and Aaron
But alas not now
Why strike the rock twice?
Once was all that was asked
And alas the L-rd was not pleased
Rabbi Tad Campbell
Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)