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some say­ings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and strug­gled with mas­ter­ing virtuous. Now, in addi­tion, I’m work­ing on becom­ing more virtual.
This is an expres­sion of that effort.
* * * * * * *

השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
* * * * * * *
ומביא גאלה…
לצאצאיהם

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All pho­tographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obvi­ously not (or credit oth­er­wise is given).

The pho­tos in the ban­ner at the top (only a shal­low sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our trav­els and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: “Where was that?”).

may our cups overflow

Psalm 23:5b

May our efforts in the New Yearover­flow with good­nessand help cre­ate a world of whole­ness and peace.

 

Linoleum cut pro­duced by Mark, Sep­tem­ber 2014
The “cup” is brown, “over­flow” is in shades of blue.

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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 par­tic­u­larly com­mit­ted to […]

#blogelul — believe

i believe

sib­ling­hood

Espe­cially since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the com­mon bonds among the Abra­hamic reli­gions. It is a lovely idea, and some­thing worth work­ing towards. How­ever, even a sim­ple glance at one of the most iconic sto­ries of Abra­ham illus­trates how dif­fer­ent the three major “Abra­hamic” reli­gions are (the fourth is the Bahá‘í faith).

Jews know […]

#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 adver­tis­ing exec­u­tive at […]

#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 the […]

#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 they […]

#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 Rela­tions Coun­cil of Greater […]

#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 everybody […]

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, I’m working […]

#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
SHONDA!

TRUST

trust me, i’m a rabbi

Date:
2010

Size:
3.81

Pin Form:
clasp

Print Method:
celluloid

Text
TRUST ME, I’M […]