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 […]

…let's experiment

with minor updates

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 [in 2013]; one day before the winter solstice.

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

For someone as modest (about herself) as she, she […]

jewish environmentalism and tu b'sh'vat

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]