Category Archives: ritual

Plagues Suck (or: Passover in a time of plague)

A friend called me the oth­er day won­der­ing why the Hebrew word ״מַכּוֹת״ in the phrase: “אֵלּוּ עֶשֶׂר מַכּוֹת שֶׁהֵבִיא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עַל הַמִּצְרִים בְּמִצְרַיִם, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן:” is trans­lat­ed as “plagues”. He, an Israeli whose orig­i­nal lan­guage is Hebrew … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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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strengthen our covenantal relationships

    Mish­neh Torah, Bless­ings 10:16; based on Gen­e­sis 9:11 May we strength­en our covenan­tal rela­tion­ships as we reflect and rein­force the love of a car­ing uni­verse.   Linoleum cut pro­duced by Mark, August 2018 ©Mark Hurvitz 2018 last year’s card … 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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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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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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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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#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 — bless

may the … be with you Per­haps the most famous bless­ing is that expressed by the ancient priests in Jerusalem as record­ed in the book of Num­bers (6:24–26): יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ. יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָ. יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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