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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.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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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?”).

How did the על חטא (al ḥet) begin?

I don’t know.How­ever, I imag­ine it some­thing like this

[…from the archives (with minor updat­ing)]:
Bethami knew the way down the nar­row windswept alley­ways of Tiberias blindfolded

The lap­ping of the tiny waves of Galilee offered a con­stant guide. She had walked this path many times, since her ear­li­est years, when she went with her mother to visit the rabbi. The […]

Elul Homework 1

now the real work begins

Talk about “trim­ming” or “uni­fy­ing” is easy. The dif­fi­cult task lies ahead. I need to seek out the peo­ple I have wronged, approach them and express to them my regret along with a clear plan as to how I will change my behav­ior in the future.

At this time every year I print out the work­sheet illustrated […]

Unifying my life as I trim my garden

As I wrote the other day, while I pre­pare dur­ing the month of Elul for Rosh haShan­nah, I think about what is periph­eral to my life, and what I should toss.

Aside from blow­ing sho­far each day dur­ing Elul, another prac­tice has taken on the nature of a daily rit­ual: the read­ing of Psalm 27.

Psalm 27

Accord­ing to Rabbi Ben­jamin J. […]

&#9829’s and my &#9829 is mine אלול">I am my &#9829’s and my &#9829 is mine אלול

wel­come to אלול

As we begin Elul, the month before Rosh haShan­nah, prepa­ra­tions for the new year start.

blow­ing shofar

The Hebrew word אלול is con­sid­ered an acronym for the phrase from the Song of Songs: 6:3a…

אני לדודי ודודי לי = I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.

The phrase is meant to sug­gest a lov­ing rela­tion­ship between the Cre­ator and […]

for multiple transgressions of…

The words of Amos, who was among the writ­ers of Tel Aviv, which he saw, con­cern­ing Israel in the days of Cas­tro, Sartre, Rus­sell and all the rest…

The fol­low­ing text appeared in the Octo­ber 1968 edi­tion of Mid­stream mag­a­zine. It was dis­trib­uted very widely as a long leaflet in the late 1960s. Jay tracked down a copy for […]

Hiroshima 広島市 Day ☮

The first nuclear weapon “Lit­tle Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Mon­day, August 6, 1945.

nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment lapel button

call­ing for nuclear disarmament then

I have a clear mem­ory from long ago, some­time around 1959: walk­ing with my fam­ily down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, some­where near Vine. We were part of a demon­stra­tion call­ing for nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment, prob­a­bly organized […]

are you slow to fast?

fast­ing for darfur

As noted in an ear­lier post on this blog, on the 26 of Sivan 5769 (cor­re­spond­ing to June 17–18, 2009) I fasted to call atten­tion to the con­tin­u­ing geno­cide in Dar­fur. One of my reg­u­lar read­ers shared a com­ment here. That col­umn was cross-posted at the blog of the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism […]