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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?”).

#blogexodus : plagues (a word search puzzle)

make room in your haggadah/seder for the younger people:

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p.p3 {mar­gin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: cen­ter; font: 19.0px Optima}
[…]

#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the sec­ond cup — the cup of redemption — כוס גאולה

Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the gen­er­a­tions of our peo­ple who com­mit­ted them­selves to the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion in their own day.

With the sec­ond cup of wine we recall the sec­ond promise, the sec­ond stage, of our redemp­tion, the actual res­cue from […]

#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands

There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Haggadah.

Of these, three are braided together so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sively on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial qual­i­ties of the entire story.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sym­bolic actions built into the order of the Seder,
we […]

#blogexodus : slavery — shapes, colors, sounds

shapes, col­ors and sounds of slav­ery
make room in your haggadah/seder for the youngest:

what words, shapes, col­ors and sounds do you imag­ine when you think of slavery?

#blogexodus : cleansing (waters of miriam's well)

the cleans­ing waters of miriam’s well
What fol­lows is the rit­ual I have used at my seder since the mid 1990s.

Before the Seder begins I fill the bot­tom quar­ter of a large pitcher with slices of orange (and often sprigs of mint) then fill the remain­der with ice cubes. Once you can no longer put in any more ice, fill […]

#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs

We each need to learn dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives.

Pharaoh was unwill­ing to release his labor supply.

Pharaoh thought him­self a god. He believed he could do what­ever he wanted to with indi­vid­u­als or entire peo­ples. He needed to learn the dif­fi­cult les­son: there exists a Source of Power beyond the self.

A series of signs appeared, […]

how do I cleanse my life of chametz?

rabbi meir shmuel ben tzip­po­rah v’nechemia halevi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teaches:

Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole com­mu­nity was out har­vest­ing the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough to enable them to walk through the plants and col­lect the ripened sheaves. The stone house […]

#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many peo­ple leave at one time?

Amaz­ingly, in our own day we have already for­got­ten that “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of… refugees streamed home­ward…” [Rwan­dan refugees; James C. McKin­ley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los Ange­les Daily News. Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 16, 1996.] Refugees all over the world seek shel­ter and comfort.

And when […]