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 Yom Kip­pur day in the late […]

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 […]

#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 of […]

#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 as […]

#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 apart­ment, make sure not […]

#blogexodus : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

aim­ing toward the future

How do I long for Your pres­ence? Let me count the days:

הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר.

Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitz­vat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer.

I am ready to move from free­dom to respon­si­bil­i­ty, as I count the Omer days.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל […]

#blogexodus : questions

the four ques­tions

Our peo­ple has lived all over this earth. Wher­ev­er we go, we ask ques­tions. These are some of our most famous ques­tions, expressed in a grow­ing vari­ety of lan­guages.

The youngest able recites:

Hebrew

מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל–הַלֵּילוֹת
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת; הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מָרוֹר
שֶׁבְּכָל–הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין […]

#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles

Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs.

My heart over­flows with joy! I final­ly see more day­light than dark­ness and a full moon glows tonight. Cel­e­brate with me the flow­er­ing of […]

#blogexodus : spring (springtime holidays)

prepa­ra­tions for pesach

Prepa­ra­tions for Pesach could begin as ear­ly as Tu b’Shvat. Some peo­ple have prac­ticed grow­ing their own pars­ley for their seders begin­ning by plant­i­ng seeds at the “birth­day of the trees.” The tim­ing is about right, but pars­ley can be a bit fussy to start from seed. There may be oth­er plants that you […]

#blogexodus : plagues (a word search puzzle)

make room in your haggadah/seder for the younger peo­ple:

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