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 — 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 […]

#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 - 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 […]

#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 […]

6 on a scale of 1 to 10?

judge every­one, how?

In Pirke Avot 1:6, R. Joshua ben Per­achi­ah says:

והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות

The phrase is var­i­ous­ly trans­lat­ed as:

judge every man in the scale of mer­it
judge every man towards mer­it
Judge every per­son favor­ably
Give all indi­vid­u­als the ben­e­fit of the doubt
Judge the whole of a man to the side of mer­it

It is hard not […]

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 (1966)

Dur­ing […]

All set?
Let’s all do the al chet (10)

[A slight vari­ant of this page will appear here 10 times. In each the text will remain 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 […]

Let’s all do the al chet (9)

[A slight vari­ant of this page will appear here 10 times. In each the text will remain 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 […]