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some say­ings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and strug­gled with mas­ter­ing virtuous. Now, in addi­tion, I’m work­ing on becom­ing more virtual.
This is an expres­sion of that effort.
* * * * * * *

השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
* * * * * * *
ומביא גאלה…
לצאצאיהם

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All pho­tographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obvi­ously not (or credit oth­er­wise is given).

The pho­tos in the ban­ner at the top (only a shal­low sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our trav­els and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: “Where was that?”).

crossover

through a sea of sound

Shab­bat Shi­rah usu­ally marks the begin­ning of Jew­ish Music Month. How­ever, I’ve not seen any ref­er­ence to it this year. Nonethe­less, it is appro­pri­ate that this week marks the cel­e­bra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary in Amer­i­can Jew­ish music.

from חזן to opera star

The fam­ily in which I grew up was (to put it mildly) not par­tic­u­larly com­mit­ted to Jew­ish rit­ual life. My father was an athe­ist who attended “Red Seders” (odd, I can find no ref­er­ence to these on the Web) in his youth. My mother was an agnos­tic whose favorite “proof for the pos­si­ble exis­tence of God” was that peo­ple were able to cre­ate beau­ti­ful sus­pen­sion bridges. While we attended Sun­day School wher­ever our father taught adult edu­ca­tion courses, we were not mem­bers of a syn­a­gogue until our father’s army buddy con­vinced him that I should have a Jew­ish edu­ca­tion that would lead to cel­e­brat­ing becom­ing bar mitz­vah. [“You never know, it might prove valu­able.”] On Rosh haShan­nah we would attend ser­vices at a hall in Hol­ly­wood where Arno Tan­ney sang; I think our mother had a “crush” on him. After ser­vices we’d drive out to Venice Beach and spend the late after­noon watch­ing to near equinoc­tial sun set in the Pacific ocean.

In later years we would skip ser­vices com­pletely and lis­ten to can­to­r­ial music. Among our favorites, even though it did not have High Hol­i­day music was Richard Tucker singing Can­to­r­ial Jewels.

richard tucker sings cantorial jewels

richard tucker sings can­to­r­ial jewels

While Tucker was not the only Jew­ish vocal­ist who moved between opera and chaz­zanut (Jan Peerce imme­di­ately comes to mind), he is by far the most famous. He even has a “square” (actu­ally a tiny tri­an­gle) named after him across from Lin­coln Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan with his bust.

http://myupperwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/tuckerparkconcerts7109-1024x685.jpg

lin­coln square busi­ness improve­ment dis­trict free con­cert at richard tucker park

In 2011 I noticed a cou­ple of lapel but­tons that referred to the Richard Tucker Music Foun­da­tion. I had never heard of it before. The year 2013 marked the 100th anniver­sary of his birth. The Foun­da­tion cel­e­brated with a num­ber of events. In par­tic­u­lar a gala at Lin­coln Cen­ter: Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Cel­e­bra­tion which will be broad­cast on PBS Fri­day evening Jan­u­ary 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM (check your local listings).

tucker power

tucker power

Date: 1980s?
Size: 7.62
Pin Form: clasp
Print Method: cel­lu­loid
Text Tucker Power
The Richard Tucker Music Foundation

your lapel buttons

Many peo­ple have lapel but­tons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jacket you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any lay­ing around that you do not feel emo­tion­ally attached to, please let me know. I pre­serve these for the Jew­ish peo­ple. At some point they will all go to an appro­pri­ate museum. You can see all the but­tons shared to date.

…let's experiment

100!

As Jay writes:

There’s some­thing about round num­bers, even if they don’t actu­ally rep­re­sent any­thing par­tic­u­larly special.

Were she alive, our mother: Faye [Avrunin] Hurvitz, would be 100 years old today; one day before the win­ter solstice.

Faye Hurvitz wear­ing her “I’m a Sci­en­tist” button

For some­one as mod­est (about her­self) as she, she has quite a pres­ence on the […]

building tabernacles of peace

May our efforts spread clouds of glory as we build true taber­na­cles of peace.

וּפְרוֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ

Sifra to Psalm 18:11–12 and Sid­dur: Ma’ariv: Hashkiveinu

Linoleum cut pro­duced by Mark, Summer 2004.

©Mark Hurvitz2004

this year’s card

the list of cards

#blogelul — hear

women should be seen & heard

wow, and how!

Briefly put. Sup­port Women of the Wall (and the New Israel Fund).

Be sure you can…hearwomen’svoices!

women of the wall mem­bers blow the sho­far at the back of the west­ern wall plaza dur­ing its monthly rosh chodesh ser­vice, aug. 7, 2013. (miriam alster)

Here’s a Yeshiva world perspective.

And an appro­pri­ate button:

women should be seen & heardnew […]

#blogelul — believe

i believe

sib­ling­hood

Espe­cially since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the com­mon bonds among the Abra­hamic reli­gions. It is a lovely idea, and some­thing worth work­ing towards. How­ever, even a sim­ple glance at one of the most iconic sto­ries of Abra­ham illus­trates how dif­fer­ent the three major “Abra­hamic” reli­gions are (the fourth is the Bahá‘í faith).

Jews know […]

#blogelul — be

you don't have to be jewish to oppose the war in vietnam

mad man

Ad man William Bern­bach devel­oped a num­ber of famous cam­paigns. For our pur­pose today, his most impor­tant is that for Levy’s bakery.

Cor­rec­tion (Jan­u­ary 14, 2014): the woman behind the man!

Judy Por­tas died Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 7, 2014 at the age of 91. As the story in the New York Times reports:

As Ms. Pro­tas, a retired adver­tis­ing exec­u­tive at […]

#blogelul — do

what would maimonides do?

wwmd?

What would you do?

statue of mai­monides in cordoba, spain

Mai­mon­des’ “Hil­chot Teshuva” (The Rules of Repen­tance) is avail­able at Mechon Mamre: הלכות תשובה. It was trans­lated from the Hebrew and posted at scribd by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman.

You can read an excerpt and intro­duc­tion at My Jew­ish Learning:

If a man trans­gresses, wit­tingly or unwit­tingly, any pre­cept of the […]

#blogelul — know

now, i know.

what might know­ing change?

What does this (from a recent arti­cle in the For­ward) mean?

…aggres­sive pre­na­tal genetic test­ing has effec­tively erad­i­cated dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tions such as Tay-Sachs…

a friend knows

I asked my friend Jane Her­man who has the BRCA muta­tion why it is impor­tant to know.

I under­stand in your case, as an adult, know­ing you carry a BRCA muta­tion, you have a choice […]

#blogelul - bless

the priestly blessing "salute"

may the … be with you

Per­haps the most famous bless­ing is that expressed by the ancient priests in Jerusalem as recorded in the book of Num­bers (6:24–26):

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ. יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָ. יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם.

The priests of old are no longer in a posi­tion to do the bless­ing as they […]

#blogelul - act

american jewish world service — judaism in action around the world

val­ues made real

How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Con­sider becom­ing involved with one of these:

Amer­i­can Jew­ish World Ser­vice
The Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism
Uri l’Tzedek — Ortho­dox Social Jus­tice
Bend the Arc; a Jew­ish Part­ner­ship for Jus­tice
Jews for Racial and Eco­nomic Jus­tice
Avo­dah: The Jew­ish Ser­vice Corps
Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Action
Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Rela­tions Coun­cil of Greater […]