Let's all do the al chet (1)

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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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

#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
A SHONDA!

TRUST

trust me, i'm a rabbi

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]