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.
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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.