Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.

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…

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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 : spring (springtime holidays)

prepa­ra­tions for pesach

Prepa­ra­tions for Pesach could begin as early as Tu b’Shvat. Some peo­ple have prac­ticed grow­ing their own pars­ley for their seders begin­ning by plant­ing seeds at the “birth­day of the trees.” The tim­ing is about right, but pars­ley can be a bit fussy to start from seed. There may be other plants that you could sow in your gar­den (depend­ing on where you live) that might grow in time to serve at your seder. In fact, pars­ley is a bian­nual. The plant from the seeds you sowed last year still pro­duces leaves after the win­ter. Per­haps this is why it is cho­sen for dip­ping: Pars­ley is avail­able in early spring with lit­tle effort. Tu b’Shvat is the very first blush of spring in the Land of Israel, though it may be hard for peo­ple based in the North­east of the United States to imag­ine the end of win­ter at that date.

Purim pre­cedes Pesach by one month and fol­lows Tu b’Shvat by one month—and our Jew­ish mas­quer­ade hol­i­day is often a time for over-indulgence of alco­hol and sweets. Prepar­ing for Pesach can mean a sim­ple clean­ing of one’s pantry to be rid of chametz defined nar­rowly, or defined broadly as the extra­ne­ous “stuff” that you’ve kept around. Besides doing a spring cleanse of one’s cup­boards, it can also be an oppor­tu­nity to reflect on bad habits or pat­terns that Pesach can help you refrain from. Fol­low­ing 7 weeks later (7×7) at Shavuot, as tra­di­tion­ally under­stood, we end our period of rebel­lion and wan­der­ing, enter­ing the world where we take on the respon­si­bil­i­ties of mitzvot and Torah.

We are only able to take on respon­si­bil­ity and oblig­a­tions as free agents.

how will you become a free agent, ready to assume your obligations?

how do you mark time in your annual cycle?

what is “#blogexodus”?

My friend and col­league Phyl­lis Som­mers has thought of yet a new cre­ative way to pre­pare for Peasach. You can learn more here.

#blogexodus schedule

blog­ging the exodus

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