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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.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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ומביא גאלה…

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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?").

my questions

on the importance of questions

In my haggadah, after we recite the Four Questions, I have a page that begins:

The eldest reads:

Nobel Prize winning physicist Isador Isaac Rabi‘s mother did not ask him: "What did you learn in school today?" each day. She asked him: "Did you ask a good question today?"

When our children went off to school I made sure to suggest that they ask good questions.

So how many questions do I have?


This page is devoted to some of them. I have many questions scattered throughout this site. I’ll do what I can to collect them here.

was there a “Jewish Book of the Dead”?

which finger of the Yad points?

was Hillel, a Tai Chi master

what places have been called

  • "Little Jerusalem"
  • "The Jerusalem of…"
…and based on what criteria?

what does Reform Judaism say about “ol malchut shamayim“?

why do we break the middle matzah?

what is Jewish food?

when did the braided egg bread become the “universal” Jewish “challah”?

who was a “shabbos goy” growing up and how did it affect who they became?

Last modified Wednesday, October 20, 2010.