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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.
* * * * * * *

השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
* * * * * * *
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?”).

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 it mildly) not par­tic­u­larly com­mit­ted to […]

…let's experiment

100!

As Jay writes:

There’s some­thing about round num­bers, even if they don’t actu­ally rep­re­sent any­thing par­tic­u­larly special.

Were she alive, our mother: Faye [Avrunin] Hurvitz, would be 100 years old today; one day before the win­ter solstice.

Faye Hurvitz wear­ing her “I’m a Sci­en­tist” button

For some­one as mod­est (about her­self) as she, she has quite a pres­ence on the […]

jewish environmentalism and tu b'sh'vat

i planted a tree at bhc 1991

a thought regard­ing the his­tory of Jew­ish environmentalism

In Jan­u­ary of 1970 I needed to make (what for me then was) a sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal deci­sion. I was born on Jan­u­ary 22 on the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar. How­ever, the year I was born, that date cor­re­sponded with Rosh Jodesh Sh’vat. I noticed then, that in 1970 Jan­u­ary 22 would coin­cide with Tu b’Sh’vat. […]

what would dad think?

polity not piety™

Yes, that’s a “trade­mark” sym­bol there. Why not? I con­tinue to tell peo­ple that I came to the rab­binate out of “polity” not “piety”. My involve­ment was as a com­mu­nity orga­nizer. A quick check on Google indi­cates that I’m nearly the only per­son to have used it… and, at that, sig­nif­i­cantly more frequently.

nathan hurvitz

Our father died 25 years […]

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 of peo­ple in the Himalayas, […]

pirkei imahot

I am not the first to use the phrase, but begin­ning on March 15, 2000 I began a file in which I col­lected our mother’s say­ings. I will peri­od­i­cally share them here. One of her pri­mary expressions was:

if you can’t say any­thing nice about some­one,
don’t say it

It’s that simple.

Our mother was not a learned per­son. Though she grad­u­ated near the top of […]

esther’s song

purim in november

On Thurs­day night, Novem­ber 19, 2009, Deb­bie and I went to see the opera Esther at the New York City Opera in Lin­coln Cen­ter.
The opera, the last one by com­poser Hugo Weis­gall is based on the bib­li­cal Book of Esther. It uses the basic sto­ry­line (with some mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the sequence of […]

Elul Homework 2 (I've done that too!)

con­fir­ma­tion and verification

Some­times we think that we are the only per­son who has done such ter­ri­ble things to oth­ers. It can be lib­er­at­ing and for­giv­ing for us, and those oth­ers like us, to learn that we are not alone. It also often feels good to have oth­ers “sign off” on rec­og­niz­ing that we may have […]

for multiple transgressions of…

The words of Amos, who was among the writ­ers of Tel Aviv, which he saw, con­cern­ing Israel in the days of Cas­tro, Sartre, Rus­sell and all the rest…

The fol­low­ing text appeared in the Octo­ber 1968 edi­tion of Mid­stream mag­a­zine. It was dis­trib­uted very widely as a long leaflet in the late 1960s. Jay tracked down a copy for […]

Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad lovely park leads up to the United Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East River. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the year.

a mar­ket and plaza to rally against genocide

This broad space is known as Katharine Hep­burn Garden […]