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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]