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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 […]

#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 […]

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 : return

arise return

the month of elul begins once again

return

Hosea 14:2:
שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ.

I return to this writing, that I have not visited since early March, shortly before Pesach.

I have been many places, but now is the time for return.

As she did in anticipation of Pesach, my colleague of unimaginable strength, […]

promise of dawn

hashachar

dark mornings

As the northern hemisphere moves deeper into winter with less light for each day, our mornings begin near dawn. This is a beautiful time of beginnings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morning are not those of birds chirping and children learning, but the clanking of men at work, even these call […]

keep those cards coming

changing technologies

Most people who know me understand that I am not averse to technological change. I have been interested in how communications technologies have been used and changed for many years. In June of 2010, I wrote about my involvement in the development of what I called “the electronic leaflet“. When I was in college […]

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 […]

beyond the straits and narrow

a growing haggadah

We printed a private new edition of A Growing Haggadah last year for personal use. We will use it again this year. If you are interested in having a PDF version of the text to print and use (in whole or in part) at your Seder you can download it here:

A Growing Haggadah […]

Hiroshima 広島市 Day Again (may we have many)

Last year at this time I wrote about the “MAD”ness of nuclear armaments. In essence:

There does not seem to be much value in having nuclear weapons.

They may exist for a MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) purpose. And yet, many people tell me that Israel’s enemies don’t care about MAD, because they (as well as dispensationalist Christians) […]

the electronic leaflet

from prayerbook to leaflet

I have been involved in writing and distributing leaflets at least since 1966 when our family composed a leaflet [text] we distributed in front of our congregation’s Yom Kippur observance calling attention to the war in Vietnam.

The Hurvitz Family’s Yom Kippur Leaflet calling for an end to the war in Vietnam […]