Let's all do the al chet (1)

[A slight variant of this page appears here 10 times. In each the text remains essentially the same. However, I will add a link to a new “survey” each time.]

I have written elsewhere, that I came to the rabbinate out of “polity” not “piety“. My involvement was as a community organizer.

Nonetheless, I recall sitting one […]

may our cups overflow

Psalm 23:5b

May our efforts in the New Yearoverflow with goodnessand help create a world of wholeness and peace.

 

Linoleum cut produced by Mark, September 2014
The “cup” is brown, “overflow” is in shades of blue.

crossover

through a sea of sound

Shabbat Shirah usually marks the beginning of Jewish Music Month. However, I’ve not seen any reference to it this year. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that this week marks the celebration of a significant anniversary in American Jewish music.

from חזן to opera star

The family in which I grew up was (to put […]

building tabernacles of peace

May our efforts spread clouds of glory as we build true tabernacles of peace.

וּפְרוֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ

Sifra to Psalm 18:11-12 and Siddur: Ma’ariv: Hashkiveinu

Linoleum cut produced by Mark, Summer 2004.

©Mark Hurvitz2004

this year’s card

the list of cards

#blogelul — hear

women should be seen & heard

wow, and how!

Briefly put. Support Women of the Wall (and the New Israel Fund).

Be sure you can…hearwomen’svoices!

women of the wall members blow the shofar at the back of the western wall plaza during its monthly rosh chodesh service, aug. 7, 2013. (miriam alster)

Here’s a Yeshiva world perspective.

And an appropriate button:

women should be seen […]

#blogelul — believe

i believe

siblinghood

Especially since September 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the common bonds among the Abrahamic religions. It is a lovely idea, and something worth working towards. However, even a simple glance at one of the most iconic stories of Abraham illustrates how different the three major “Abrahamic” religions are (the fourth is the […]

#blogelul — be

you don't have to be jewish to oppose the war in vietnam

mad man

Ad man William Bernbach developed a number of famous campaigns. For our purpose today, his most important is that for Levy’s bakery.

Correction (January 14, 2014): the woman behind the man!

Judy Portas died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 91. As the story in the New York Times reports:

As Ms. Protas, a retired […]

#blogelul — do

what would maimonides do?

wwmd?

What would you do?

statue of maimonides in cordoba, spain

Maimondes’ “Hilchot Teshuva” (The Rules of Repentance) is available at Mechon Mamre: הלכות תשובה. It was translated from the Hebrew and posted at scribd by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman.

You can read an excerpt and introduction at My Jewish Learning:

If a man transgresses, wittingly or unwit­tingly, any precept […]

#blogelul — know

now, i know.

what might knowing change?

What does this (from a recent article in the Forward) mean?

…aggressive prenatal genetic testing has effectively eradicated devastating conditions such as Tay-Sachs…

a friend knows

I asked my friend Jane Herman who has the BRCA mutation why it is important to know.

I understand in your case, as an adult, knowing you carry a […]

#blogelul - bless

the priestly blessing "salute"

may the … be with you

Perhaps the most famous blessing is that expressed by the ancient priests in Jerusalem as recorded in the book of Numbers (6:24-26):

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ. יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָ. יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם.

The priests of old are no longer in a position to do the blessing […]