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…
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 : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles

Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs.

My heart over­flows with joy! I finally see more day­light than dark­ness and a full moon glows tonight. Cel­e­brate with me the flow­er­ing of the world of nature.

Spring! The sea­son of rebirth and renewal. On this Pesach fes­ti­val, we read from the Song of Songs.
I want to hold your hand and run through the fields of flow­ers as the fresh sun shines on our faces. I know that what I feel for you mir­rors the love of a car­ing uni­verse for the peo­ple of Israel. This is the song of our betrothal covenant.

For the fol­low­ing two songs (-a– and –b-) choose a metaphor that matches one to whom you are drawn:

- a -

As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daugh­ters. How fair is thy love, my sis­ter my bride! How much bet­ter is thy love than wine! And the smell of thine oint­ments than all man­ner of spices!

El Gin­nat Egoz [Song of Songs 6:11]


אֶל–גִּנַּת אֱגוֹז יָרַדְתִּי

לִרְאוֹת בְּאִבֵּי הַנָּחַל

לִרְאוֹת הֲפָרְחָה הַגֶּפֶן

הֵנֵצוּ הָרִמֹּנִים

I went down to the nut gar­den to look at the plants of the val­ley to see if the flow­ers had bud­ded whether the pome­gran­ates were in bloom.

- b -

As an apple tree among the trees of wood, so is my beloved among the sons. Under its shadow I delighted to sit, and its fruit was sweet to my taste. He has brought me to the banqueting-house and his ban­ner over me is love.

Dodi Li [Song of Songs 2…]


דּוֹדִי לִי וַאֲנִי לוֹ הָרוֹעֶה בַּשּׁוֹשַׁנִּים. (2

מוֹר וּלְבוֹנָהמִי זֹאת עֹֹלָה מִן הַמִּדְבָּר, מִי זֹאת עֹֹלָה? מְקֻטֶּרֶת מוֹר, מוֹר וּלְבוֹנָה.
…דּוֹדִי לִי

לִבַּבְתִּינִי אֲחוֹתִי כַּלָּה, לִבַּבְתִּינִי כַּלָּה. (2
…דּוֹדִי לִי

עוּרִי צָפוֹן, וּבוֹאִי תֵּימָן (2
…דּוֹדִי לִי

My beloved is mine and I am my beloved’s, a shep­herd in the wild roses.
Who is this, com­ing up from the wilder­ness, per­fumed with myrrh and frank­in­cense?
You have cap­tured my heart, my sis­ter, my bride…
Awake, north wind, and come, south wind…

Together:

Awake, o north-wind; and come, thou south; Blow upon our gar­den that its spices may flow out. May we enter our gar­den and eat its pre­cious fruits.

Even before the Exo­dus from Egypt our ances­tors prob­a­bly cel­e­brated the mys­tery of life and the cre­ation of the world each spring. Now again, we remind our­selves of the greens of the earth and the salt of the sea from which all life emerged, and on which all life depends.

But we do not sim­ply cel­e­brate spring’s renewal nor love’s warmth. Pesach cel­e­brates our becom­ing free. Through the won­drous rebirth of life we can feel the pre­car­i­ous begin­nings of the strug­gle for free­dom. The sea’s salt not only reminds us of life’s start, but also of the brine of tears shed by our peo­ple and by all peo­ple striv­ing to be free.


בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה.

Baruch atah Adonai, Elo­heinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-adamah.
Blessed are You Adonai our God, Sov­er­eign of all space and time, who brings fruit from the earth.

Every­one eats the parsley

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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