Let's all do the al chet (1)

[A slight variant of this page appears here 10 times. In each the text remains essentially the same. However, I will add a link to a new “survey” each time.]

I have written elsewhere, that I came to the rabbinate out of “polity” not “piety“. My involvement was as a community organizer.

Nonetheless, I recall sitting one […]

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

#blogelul — hear

women should be seen & heard

wow, and how!

Briefly put. Support Women of the Wall (and the New Israel Fund).

Be sure you can…hearwomen’svoices!

women of the wall members blow the shofar at the back of the western wall plaza during its monthly rosh chodesh service, aug. 7, 2013. (miriam alster)

Here’s a Yeshiva world perspective.

And an appropriate button:

women should be seen […]

#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 - 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 […]

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 : 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, […]