Category Archives: personalities

#blogelul — do

wwmd? What would you do? Mai­mon­des’ “Hil­chot Teshu­va” (The Rules of Repen­tance) is avail­able at Mechon Mam­re: הלכות תשובה. It was trans­lat­ed from the Hebrew and post­ed at scribd by Rab­bi Yaakov Feld­man. You can read an excerpt and intro­duc­tion … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : trust

don’t? It is often hard to know whom to trust. Each of the fol­low­ing but­tons were sold as nov­el­ty items. The first sug­gest­ing we trust Bernard Mad­off is very sad. The sec­ond is intend­ed for fun. I’ve nev­er worn the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : numbers (not the book, a game of sorts)

the num­bers’ game The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce light­ly on their fin­ger tips before they popped it over to the oth­er side of the line. Now and then one of them dove into the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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first they came for the canary

what are the police doing in egypt? At a cer­tain point dur­ing the recent (2011) Egypt­ian rev­o­lu­tion it was not always clear with which side the police iden­ti­fied. These Police are dif­fer­ent. They’re singing about canaries in coal mines. They offer … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46 Daniel Pearl was born on Shab­bat Noah: Octo­ber 10, 1964 = 4 Chesh­van 5725. If, metaphor­i­cal­ly speak­ing, all those ani­mals (car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores) were able to coex­ist on the Ark why can’t we? And … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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esther’s song

purim in novem­ber On Thurs­day night, Novem­ber 19, 2009, Deb­bie and I went to see the opera Esther at the New York City Opera in Lin­coln Cen­ter. The opera, the last one by com­pos­er Hugo Weis­gall is based on the bib­li­cal … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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steve’s song

jews and judaism in amer­i­can elite cul­ture .01 On Sun­day evening, Novem­ber 8, 2009 I attend­ed “Steve Reich Talks about his Jew­ish Music at JMF”. I was a bit sur­prised (after being told to reserve my free tick­ets in advance) that there were … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad love­ly park leads up to the Unit­ed Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East Riv­er. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight what are we hid­ing (from)? As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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19th Century Jewish Cultural Hero

I col­lect (Amer­i­can) Juda­ic lapel but­tons. I have approx­i­mate­ly 3000 unique items. Each one rep­re­sents a dif­fer­ent moment in the Amer­i­can Jew­ish expe­ri­ence. Peri­od­i­cal­ly I share them here. My uncle was named after Mendele Mocher Sforim (the “Grand­fa­ther of Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture”). His old­er … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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