Tag Archives: 1980s

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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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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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 : 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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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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let us make light

a can­dle light­ing kavanah in hon­or of shab­bat of bereishit As our week ends, we focus on how our own lives mir­ror cos­mic events. Shab­bat now begins. We have com­plet­ed a full week of cre­ation. Now we focus inward for a short … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hiroshima 広島市 Day Again (may we have many)

Last year at this time I wrote about the “MAD“ness of nuclear arma­ments. In essence: There does not seem to be much val­ue in hav­ing nuclear weapons. They may exist for a MAD (Mutu­al­ly Assured Destruc­tion) pur­pose. And yet, many peo­ple tell … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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מזל טוב

queen city of the west When Deb­bie and I decid­ed to con­tin­ue our rab­binic stud­ies at the Cincin­nati, Ohio cam­pus of HUC-JIR rather than at the New York cam­pus, a num­ber of our friends made fun of us. They joked that we’d … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Elul Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)

con­fir­ma­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion Some­times we think that we are the only per­son who has done such ter­ri­ble things to oth­ers. It can be lib­er­at­ing and for­giv­ing for us, and those oth­ers like us, to learn that we are not alone. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sho’a Nightmares

In April of 1997 I wrote (as an aside) to a forum of col­leagues: I think every teenage Jew­ish child ought to have a week of Sho’a relat­ed night­mares. If we can reen­act the Exo­dus and liv­ing in Sukkot, why not the Sho’a? … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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