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?”).

#blogelul : trust


It is often hard to know whom to trust.

Each of the fol­low­ing but­tons were sold as nov­elty items. The first sug­gest­ing we trust Bernard Mad­off is very sad. The sec­ond is intended for fun.

I’ve never worn the first.

The other I wear at rab­binic conventions.

a shonda!

a shonda!

Date: 2009
Size: 5.7
Pin Form: clasp
Print Method: cel­lu­loid

trust me, i'm a rabbi

trust me, i’m a rabbi

Date: 2010
Size: 3.81
Pin Form: clasp
Print Method: cel­lu­loid

how to?

As we approach Rosh haShan­nah and Yom Kip­pur, may we train our trust-sensors to know who, what, why, when and how to trust.

what is “#blogelul”?

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

#blogelul schedule

blog­ging elul

your lapel buttons

Many peo­ple have lapel but­tons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jacket you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any lay­ing around that you do not feel emo­tion­ally attached to, please let me know. I pre­serve these for the Jew­ish peo­ple. At some point they will all go to an appro­pri­ate museum. You can see all the but­tons shared to date.

2 comments to #blogelul : trust

  • If we’re deal­ing with online trust-sensors, then I think our best bet is to fol­low the well-known inter­net maxim: trans­parency is the new objec­tiv­ity. Link­ing allows our read­ers to check up on us, to ver­ify for them­selves whether, beyond sim­ply lik­ing what we have to say, what we’re telling them has any basis. I’d argue that this is essen­tially a tech­no­log­i­cal updat­ing of the prac­tice of חז”ל telling us from whom they learned a par­tic­u­lar say­ing or opin­ion. Of course it’s fair to ask whether they had really learned what they were repeat­ing from the per­son they were quot­ing. But that’s not nec­es­sar­ily dif­fer­ent from link­ing to some­thing and hop­ing that nobody is going to check whether that link actu­ally ver­i­fies our point of view.

  • Thank you Yankel. You raise a good point, which is why so many of my blog posts are filled with links (that I notice from other tools I use few rarely click). And, it’s why I added the link to the phrase you high­lighted in your comment.

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