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 […]

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 […]

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 http://tr.im/phnfg 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 http://tr.im/thnksgvngsrvc #
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? http://tr.im/mrymwll #
Why still #Refugee […]