Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

a selection of Jewish-themed campaign buttons 1940-2016

A briefer version of this blog post, with fewer illustrations, was published as “Ten Minutes of Torah” on October 27, 2016 on

Strangers don’t often interact on New York’s streets. Yet, this election season, I am often stopped and asked about my political lapel button.

Generally, I have found […]

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

remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46

Daniel Pearl was born on Shabbat Noah: October 10, 1964 = 4 Cheshvan 5725.

If, metaphorically speaking, all those animals (carnivores and herbivores) were able to coexist on the Ark why can’t we? And this week, when we learn that a new language has been found among a tiny group […]

hidden in plain sight (continued)

continued from hidden in plain sight

what are we hiding (from)?

As of this writing, the phrase “hidden in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide variety of concepts and situations. How many things to we encounter and pass by that are as though they are hidden from us […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-12

#Torah Haftarah I Kings 19:12 “a soft murmuring sound” Listen attentively to the spaces between. Even *they* are characters in the 140. #
RT @DavidBenAvraham: @rabbibird: “who the heck: Phineas?” In #Torah *translations* \ perfectly good Eng Pinchas=Translit #
RT @FoundationStone: How many really know how Elijah rose up to heaven? // “Swing low, sweet chariot, […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-05

RT @RabbiYoung: Working on a weekend of America-themed teachings. Any suggestions? #whatrabbisdo \\ check #
Off to Brooklyn to enjoy Prospect Park, ice-cream and chocolate… not to mention שבת with kids. Shabbat shalom! #
Chukat #Torah Death of Miriam. Disappearance of well (TB Ta’anit 9a). How to actively ritualize this in Seder? #
Why still […]

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