Author Archives: davka

Let’s all do the al chet (1)

[A slight vari­ant of this page appears here 10 times. In each the text remains essen­tial­ly the same. How­ev­er, I will add a link to a new “sur­vey” each time.] I have writ­ten else­where, that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David

Is Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David? Once we knew one truth Over forty years ago, Rab­bi Richard N. Levy wrote a para­graph that entered the Gates of Prayer Sid­dur. I quot­ed from it in a ser­mon dur­ing the Clin­ton … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

A briefer ver­sion of this blog post, with few­er illus­tra­tions, was pub­lished as “Ten Min­utes of Torah” on Octo­ber 27, 2016 on ReformJudaism.org. Strangers don’t often inter­act on New York’s streets. Yet, this elec­tion sea­son, I am often stopped and asked … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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may our cups overflow

Psalm 23:5b May our efforts in the New Yearover­flow with good­nes­sand help cre­ate a world of whole­ness and peace.   Linoleum cut pro­duced by Mark, Sep­tem­ber 2014 The “cup” is brown, “over­flow” is in shades of blue.

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crossover

through a sea of sound Shab­bat Shi­rah usu­al­ly marks the begin­ning of Jew­ish Music Month. How­ev­er, I’ve not seen any ref­er­ence to it this year. Nonethe­less, it is appro­pri­ate that this week marks the cel­e­bra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary in Amer­i­can Jew­ish … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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…let’s experiment

with minor updates 100! As Jay writes: There’s some­thing about round num­bers, even if they don’t actu­al­ly rep­re­sent any­thing par­tic­u­lar­ly spe­cial. Were she alive, our moth­er: Faye [Avrunin] Hurvitz, would be 100 years old today [in 2013]; one day before … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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building tabernacles of peace

May our efforts spread clouds of glo­ry as we build true taber­na­cles of peace. Sifra to Psalm 18:11–12 and Sid­dur: Ma’ariv: Hashkiveinu Linoleum cut pro­duced by Mark, Sum­mer 2004. ©Mark Hurvitz2004 this year’s card the list of cards

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#blogelul — hear

wow, and how! Briefly put. Sup­port Women of the Wall (and the New Israel Fund). Be sure you can…hearwom­en’svoic­es! Here’s a Yeshi­va world per­spec­tive. And an appro­pri­ate but­ton: Date: 2012(from NIF at the Israel Day Parade in NYC) Size: 6.35 Pin … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — believe

sib­ling­hood Espe­cial­ly since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the com­mon bonds among the Abra­ham­ic reli­gions. It is a love­ly idea, and some­thing worth work­ing towards. How­ev­er, even a sim­ple glance at one of the most icon­ic sto­ries of Abra­ham … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — be

mad man Ad man William Bern­bach devel­oped a num­ber of famous cam­paigns. For our pur­pose today, his most impor­tant is that for Levy’s bak­ery. Cor­rec­tion (Jan­u­ary 14, 2014): the woman behind the man! Judy Por­tas died Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 7, 2014 at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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