Category Archives: family

A Growing Haggadah (2019)

New edi­tion avail­able for down­load With Avigail’s edi­to­r­i­al involve­ment, the longer fal­low peri­ods between edi­tions of this Hag­gadah have short­ened. The pre­vi­ous print­ed edi­tion is only 2 years old. Before that, they were fur­ther years apart. While I remain fair­ly sat­is­fied, I am … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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keep those cards coming

chang­ing tech­nolo­gies orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished Octo­ber 2011; updat­ed August 2018 Most peo­ple who know me under­stand that I am not averse to tech­no­log­i­cal change. I have been inter­ested in how com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nolo­gies have been used and changed for many years. In June of … 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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…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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#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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jewish environmentalism and tu b’sh’vat

a thought regard­ing the his­to­ry of Jew­ish envi­ron­men­tal­ism In Jan­u­ary of 1970 I need­ed to make (what for me then was) a sig­nif­i­cant per­son­al deci­sion. I was born on Jan­u­ary 22 on the Gre­go­ri­an cal­en­dar. How­ev­er, the year I was born, that date cor­re­spond­ed … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : return

the month of elul begins once again Hosea 14:2: שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ. I return to this writ­ing, that I have not vis­it­ed since ear­ly March, short­ly before Pesach. I have been many places, but now is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Hag­gadah. Of these, three are braid­ed togeth­er so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sive­ly on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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now is the time for change

the month of elul אלול has begun. Bradley Burston writes: in Israel, the future can come down to just one night Actu­al­ly, every­where in the world our future is deter­mined by the actions at each of the moments we live … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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what would dad think?

poli­ty not piety™ Yes, that’s a “trade­mark” sym­bol there. Why not? I con­tin­ue to tell peo­ple that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not “piety”. My involve­ment was as a com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er. A quick check on Google indi­cates that I’m near­ly the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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