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…
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?”).

which finger points?

which fin­ger of the yad יד points?

On a poster for the museum show The Pre­cious Legacy; Judaic Trea­sures from the Czechoslo­vak State Col­lec­tions you can see 15 “Yads.”

Only one of these is left-handed (which does not sur­prise me). Of the remain­ing right-handed ones (made, pri­mar­ily, of sil­ver and wood with a lit­tle ivory and other mate­ri­als) the hand is curled into a fist and the thumb points. Yet more odd, in another, the pointer is made of red coral (?) and the thumb (which serves as the pointer) is tucked under the index fin­ger (as in the Signed Eng­lish Alpha­bet “T”).

Has any­one stud­ied con­ven­tions for point­ers? Does a data­base of them exist in any museum? If not, where would we begin to set one up?