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?”).

Hillel the Tai Chi master

was Hil­lel a Tai Chi master?

Two geeks with whom I once worked (both of whom used to be grad­u­ate stu­dents in lin­guis­tics: she’s now a soft­ware engi­neer, he’s free­lance writer on com­puter (Mac­in­tosh) sub­jects (and the com­put­ergeek who helped me being my site)) inde­pen­dently stud­ied Tai Chi in their spare time (they were sin­gle at the time).

Now and then I would see them stand­ing in one an oth­ers office with one foot off the ground.

I asked them about this and they explained that this is the “basic” Tai Chi pos­ture. You are to bal­ance as though a rope holds you up through the cen­ter of your body.

I told them of Sham­mai, Hil­lel and the Ger and their faces lit up in appreciation.

Long ago I recall a com­ment by Zal­man Schachter-Shalomi (then only Schachter) to the effect that Sham­mai was a mas­ter of the Zen Koan.

Could Hil­lel have been a Tai Chi master?