#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. […]

#blogelul : return

arise return

the month of elul begins once again

return

Hosea 14:2:
שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ.

I return to this writing, that I have not visited since early March, shortly before Pesach.

I have been many places, but now is the time for return.

As she did in anticipation of Pesach, my colleague of unimaginable strength, […]

promise of dawn

hashachar

dark mornings

As the northern hemisphere moves deeper into winter with less light for each day, our mornings begin near dawn. This is a beautiful time of beginnings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morning are not those of birds chirping and children learning, but the clanking of men at work, even these call […]

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 […]

now is the time for change

the month of elul אלול has begun.

Bradley Burston writes:

in Israel, the future can come down to just one night

Actually, everywhere in the world our future is determined by the actions at each of the moments we live them. Nonetheless, tonight (September 3, 2011) after Shabbat in Israel: ה אלול תשע”א, people all over the country […]

which jews…?

I found this image on a crazy anti-Zionist site:

Which 'Jews' do you believe are the descendants of the biblical 'Israelites'?

to which I answer:

All are Jews! I am not a racist.

The site may also be anti-Semitic, it sure feels that way, but I’ve not had a chance to study it thoroughly.

What is Zionism?
Zionism is […]

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 […]

how much is any life worth?

redeeming prisoners

The value of פדיון שבויים‎ (Pidyon Shvuyim, the redemption of prisoners) is very important in Jewish life. Maimonides states that it takes precedence over supporting the poor or clothing them… because the problems of the captive include those of the poor: being hungry, thirsty, unclothed, and they are in danger of their lives.

an entire […]

esther’s song

purim in november

On Thursday night, November 19, 2009, Debbie and I went to see the opera Esther at the New York City Opera in Lincoln Center.
The opera, the last one by composer Hugo Weisgall is based on the biblical Book of Esther. It uses the basic storyline (with some modifications in the sequence […]

for multiple transgressions of…

The words of Amos, who was among the writers of Tel Aviv, which he saw, concerning Israel in the days of Castro, Sartre, Russell and all the rest…

The following text appeared in the October 1968 edition of Midstream magazine. It was distributed very widely as a long leaflet in the late 1960s. Jay tracked down […]