Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.

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

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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?”).

what do you put in your coffee?

[cross posted at The Jew and the Carrot]

Phar­isees of course

A Tiny Vial of Pharisäer

Ever-sensitive to appear­ances of Jew­ish ref­er­ences in pop­u­lar cul­ture, I was a bit sur­prised to read Mau­reen Dowd’s head­line in The New York Times on Sun­day, July 19, 2009: “Phar­isees on the Potomac”

I did not see any men­tion of late antiq­uity in her […]

Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad lovely park leads up to the United Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East River. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the year.

a mar­ket and plaza to rally against genocide

This broad space is known as Katharine Hep­burn Garden […]

hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight

what are we hiding (from)?

As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things to we encounter and pass by that are as though they are hid­den from us in plain sight? I asked […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-12

#Torah Haf­tarah I Kings 19:12 “a soft mur­mur­ing sound” Lis­ten atten­tively to the spaces between. Even *they* are char­ac­ters in the 140. #
RT @DavidBenAvraham: @rabbibird: “who the heck: Phineas?” In #Torah *trans­la­tions* \ per­fectly good Eng Pinchas=Translit #
RT @FoundationStone: How many really know how Eli­jah rose up to heaven? // “Swing low, sweet char­iot, comin’ […]


Over the years I have been asked:

What kind of a rabbi are you?

To which I answer with­out hesitation:

A good rabbi!

And then my inter­locu­tor stam­mers a bit and says:

No, no, what… oh, ah…. Are you…?

At which point I gen­tly inter­rupt and say:


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-05

RT @RabbiYoung: Work­ing on a week­end of America-themed teach­ings. Any sug­ges­tions? #wha­tra­b­bisdo \\ check #
Off to Brook­lyn to enjoy Prospect Park, ice-cream and choco­late… not to men­tion שבת with kids. Shab­bat shalom! #
Chukat #Torah Death of Miriam. Dis­ap­pear­ance of well (TB Ta’anit 9a). How to actively rit­u­al­ize this in Seder? #
Why still #Refugee […]