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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?").

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back then

I understand that during the first half of the 20th century not even the majority of world Jewry supported a nationalist solution to Jewish existence. Jewish working class movements were generally non-Zionist and many of the “leaders” of world Jewry were internationalists, looking for international solutions. Why, then, should I be surprised that the [...]

a cold peace

where is this place מצרים? Is it the Egypt we know?

I ask these questions in my Haggadah. And I answer:

Yes, though only the name of the place is the same, the people have changed. In fact we are at peace and allied with the Egypt of today.
The Egypt of the Haggadah is more than a [...]

now is the time for change

the month of elul אלול has begun.

Bradley Burston writes:

in Israel, the future can come down to just one night

Actually, everywhere in the world our future is determined by the actions at each of the moments we live them. Nonetheless, tonight (September 3, 2011) after Shabbat in Israel: ה אלול תשע”א, people all over the country [...]