The Jewish Influence-grateful for what is done.
by Austin Moore
Elma Ehrlich Levinger was born, raised and educated in Chicago,Illinois. She lived from October 6th, 1887 to January 28th, 1958. Not much is known about her childhood, but she did attend both The University Of Chicago and Radcliffe College. Her studies included English and drama. At age eighteen she became a teacher in rural communities in that region, but after college taught Jewish education. She dabbled in drama when she became the director of Jewish entertainment in 1913. She married Lee J. Levinger in 1916 and had three children.
Her role as a community leader primed her for success in the Jewish community. her husband co-wrote with her The Story Of The Jew For Young People in 1929. She also emphasized women's role in The Tower Of David in 1924. Furthermore, the multiple poems and children's books. She became part of the Jewish women’s National Committee on Religion, the National Council for Prevention of War and the Birth control League.
A very assertive, intellectual and independent women.
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Poetry Analysis

By Elma Ehlrhic Levinger.
"It was good to give thanks to the L-rd
For the sun and the rain,
For the corn and the wine He bestowed,
For the golden-wreathed grain:
But now as the festal week ends,
'Neath the palms that we wave,
We cry thanks to the Giver of Good
For the Torah He gave.

For the Law of the L-rd it is good,
And His precepts are right:
The simple of heart He makes wise;
His commandments bring light;
More goodly His Words than fine gold,
Ay, a treasure to save;
And we thank with rejoicing our G-d
For the Torah He gave.

O harvesters, rich in your spoils,
Not alone by the bread
Which we win by the sweat of our brows
Are the sons of dust fed;
Nay, we live by the Words of His mouth,
And 'neath palms that we wave,
We cry thanks to the Giver of Good
For the Torah He gave."

The overall theme of the poem is thankfulness. In the Harlem Renaissance, people found things to do and be thankful for. Comparing “Rain and sunlight.” Which makes “wheat and wine” possible (3-4). Once success hit they must have felt the same way.
You can compare the plight of the African Americans to the plight of the Jews in some aspects. Both dealt with oppression slaver and ethnic cleansing. They endured the same thing, labor and hardships but eventually they overcame enough to do great things. For example they were both literally and symbolically “harvesters” to their fates. (17)

Levinger1923, Elma Ehrlich. "Simchath Torah Poem." International Wall of Prayer: A Call to Pray for And to Bless Israel. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2012. <>.