Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.


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?”).

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 — 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 - 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 […]

#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 […]

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 to judge peo­ple. We do it […]

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 the […]

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 the […]

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 the […]

Let’s all do the al chet (8)

[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 the […]