it's very clear

our love is here to stay

While preparing a wedding drash for this past week I learned that Ira Gershwin channeled Isaiah 54:10 in this week’s haftarah portion.

Isaiah:

For the mountains may move
And the hills be shaken,
But my loyalty shall never move from you,
Nor My covenant of friendship be shaken

Gershwin:

In time the Rockies may tumble,
Gibraltar may crumble,
They’re […]

pirkei imahot

I am not the first to use the phrase, but beginning on March 15, 2000 I began a file in which I collected our mother’s sayings. I will periodically share them here. One of her primary expressions was:

if you can’t say anything nice about someone,
don’t say it

It’s that simple.

Our mother was not a learned person. […]

when?

“…whenever”

How often have we heard people respond in this way?

I’m always ready to go out and enjoy life. But, the daily alarm of the shofar in Elul reminds us to mix those pleasures, and that time is…

Lena Horne [from notes on the Idelsohn Society’s blog, to which I cannot link directly] sang this song […]

elul comes every year

preparing for my beloved

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

blowing shofar

As I wrote last year (August 20, 2009) at this time, 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, […]

Hiroshima 広島市 Day Again (may we have many)

Last year at this time I wrote about the “MAD”ness of nuclear armaments. In essence:

There does not seem to be much value in having nuclear weapons.

They may exist for a MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) purpose. And yet, many people tell me that Israel’s enemies don’t care about MAD, because they (as well as dispensationalist Christians) […]

i love my gay rabbis

congratulations!

Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as it has already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same-sex […]