Queen Esther Helped Me Beat the Draft

In 1966 Tuli (Naph­tali) Kupfer­berg pub­lished “1001 Ways to Beat the Draft”. I acquired a copy, but it was of lit­tle use to me as I was (at least at the time) fair­ly safe with my 2S (stu­dent) defer­ment. A cou­ple of years lat­er while liv­ing by myself in a tiny apart­ment on Bor­land Road near Cal State U at LA […]

Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

a selec­tion of Jew­­ish-themed cam­paign but­tons 1940–2016

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 about my polit­i­cal lapel but­ton.

Gen­er­al­ly, I have found that […]

building tabernacles of peace

May our efforts spread clouds of glo­ry as we build true taber­na­cles of peace.

וּפְרוֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ

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

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 this week, when we learn that a new lan­guage has been found among a tiny group of peo­ple in […]

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 to we encounter and pass by that are as though they are hid­den from us in plain […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-12

#Torah Haf­tarah I Kings 19:12 “a soft mur­mur­ing sound” Lis­ten atten­tive­ly to the spaces between. Even *they* are char­ac­ters in the 140. #
RT @DavidBenAvraham: @rabbibird: “who the heck: Phineas?” In #Torah *trans­la­tions* \ per­fect­ly good Eng http://tr.im/phnfg Pinchas=Translit #
RT @FoundationStone: How many real­ly know how Eli­jah rose up to heav­en? // “Swing low, sweet char­i­ot, comin’ […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-07-05

RT @RabbiYoung: Work­ing on a week­end of Amer­i­­ca-themed teach­ings. Any sug­ges­tions? #wha­tra­b­bis­do \\ check http://tr.im/thnksgvngsrvc #
Off to Brook­lyn to enjoy Prospect Park, ice-cream and choco­late… not to men­tion שבת with kids. Shab­bat shalom! #
Chukat #Torah Death of Miri­am. Dis­ap­pear­ance of well (TB Ta’an­it 9a). How to active­ly rit­u­al­ize this in Seder? http://tr.im/mrymwll #
Why still #Refugee […]

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