#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 […]

#blogelul - act

american jewish world service — judaism in action around the world

values made real

How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Consider becoming involved with one of these:

American Jewish World Service
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Uri l’Tzedek — Orthodox Social Justice
Bend the Arc; a Jewish Partnership for Justice
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Community […]

#blogelul - prepare

just jew it

the upcoming event

You’ve invited a number of friends over. Even if it is a pot-luck dinner, there’s much you need to do in advance of the meal. You, as I do, probably have lists with sublists encompassing all the projects that go into making your event a success: write out and send invitations, clean the […]

face to face

שלום button produced by habonim

virtual and real life relationships

If you are reading this, you know that I believe in the value of “virtual” or “Internet relationships“, though not of the intimate kind. In fact, it’s written over there in the upper left corner that “For many years I have worked hard, and struggled with mastering virtuous. Now, in addition, […]

(ac)counting

kindness counts

let me count the (w/d)ays

The period between Pesach and Shavuot was one of serious tension in ancient Israel. The barley harvest began at Pesach and the wheat harvest ended near the time of Shavuot. More was at stake during the period of the counting of the Omer than our spiritual growth. The future year’s wealth, […]

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 […]

#blogelul : faith

faith obama 2008

what does it mean to have faith?

When someone produces the same lapel button for competing candidates, all that individual is interested in is the dollar. So encouraging us to [have?] faith in either candidate from the 2008 presidential election is very odd.

Is faith something you can have in someone? We say: “I have faith in […]

#blogelul : trust

trust me, i'm a rabbi

don’t?

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!

Date:
2009

Size:
5.7

Pin Form:
clasp

Print Method:
celluloid

Text
A SHONDA!

TRUST

trust me, i'm a rabbi