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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 — 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 […]

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, […]

#blogelul : counting

love

the numbers’ game
[Note: not all of the buttons used to illustrated this game represent the concept expressed in the numbers; some are used because they display that number.]

The children played by the shore, allowing the ball to bounce lightly on their finger tips before they popped it over to the other side of the line. […]

time for pruning

the days grow short, the moon fills and begins to wane.

The date clusters hang ready.
Come with me to the oasis.
The late summer harvest has begun.
I sort the fruit of my past year’s labor.

The fruit is full and sweet.
I look back on my year’s efforts with satisfaction.

The time for pruning has come.
Much dross weighs down my […]

what's the difference between 48 and 11?

back then

I understand that during the first half of the 20th century not even the majority of world Jewry supported a nationalist solution to Jewish existence. Jewish working class movements were generally non-Zionist and many of the “leaders” of world Jewry were internationalists, looking for international solutions. Why, then, should I be surprised that the […]

love humanity, & bring them close 2 #Torah

studying pirkei avot during the omer

During the period of the Omer I have been studying Pirkei Avot. This is a traditional activity for the period, but I have been doing it in a non-traditional manner. I take each Mishnah and break it down into as few words as I can, yet still express a meaningful […]

remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46

Daniel Pearl was born on Shabbat Noah: October 10, 1964 = 4 Cheshvan 5725.

If, metaphorically speaking, all those animals (carnivores and herbivores) were able to coexist on the Ark why can’t we? And this week, when we learn that a new language has been found among a tiny group […]

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) […]

on following orders

you decide how to go

Last year (2009) at this time of Yom haShoah I wrote that I believe that all Jewish teenagers (at least) should experience a week of sho’a nightmares.

I was in my early 20s when I tried to imagine the life of the boy with his hands raised being led from the Ghetto. […]