Tag Archives: 1940s

Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

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 … 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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6 on a scale of 1 to 10?

judge every­one, how? In Pirke Avot 1:6, R. Joshua ben Per­achi­ah says: והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות The phrase is var­i­ous­ly trans­lat­ed as: judge every man in the scale of mer­it judge every man towards mer­it Judge every … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Elul Homework 1

now the real work begins Talk about “trim­ming” or “uni­fy­ing” is easy. The dif­fi­cult task lies ahead. I need to seek out the peo­ple I have wronged, approach them and express to them my regret along with a clear plan as to how … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Unifying my life as I trim my garden

As I wrote the oth­er day, while I pre­pare dur­ing the month of Elul for Rosh haShan­nah, I think about what is periph­er­al to my life, and what I should toss. Aside from blow­ing sho­far each day dur­ing Elul, anoth­er prac­tice has tak­en on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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