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Did you go to the Purim Concert?

Purim: Megilla Read­ings, Balls and Con­certs (oh my; so many options) As long ago as 1864, New York Jews attend­ed Purim Balls, a tra­di­tion now main­tained for the past 32 years at The Jew­ish Muse­um. And, not only in New York, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Be Happy, It’s Adar! (again)

On 15 Feb­ru­ary, 2018, in hon­or of Rosh Ḥodesh Adar 5778: The Hebrew text around the edge says: MiShenich­nas Adar Mar­bim BeS­im­cha(When Adar Comes, Joy Is Increased) משניכנס אדר מרבין בשימחה Date: 1980s? Size: 4.4 cm Pin Form: clasp Print … 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 — 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 : counting

the num­bers’ game [Note: not all of the but­tons used to illus­trat­ed this game rep­re­sent the con­cept expressed in the num­bers; some are used because they dis­play that num­ber.] The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : inventory

keep­ing track of… We each need and want to keep track of dif­fer­ent things. We all need to track our behav­ior. Some of us like to know what music we’ve lis­tened to, what con­certs we’ve heard. Oth­ers pay close atten­tion … 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 : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

aim­ing toward the future How do I long for Your pres­ence? Let me count the days: הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר. Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitz­vat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer. I am ready to move from free­dom … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : questions

the four ques­tions Our peo­ple has lived all over this earth. Wher­ev­er we go, we ask ques­tions. These are some of our most famous ques­tions, expressed in a grow­ing vari­ety of lan­guages. The youngest able recites: Hebrew מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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