In the year 5780
May the Breath of the cosmos illuminate us and be generous to us.
May we be strong as lions (ארי)
full of awe (ירא) for the light that illumines (מאיר) us, reflects (מראה) from us,
and that others see (ראה) glowing within us.
Anagrams and related words of יָאֵר
for ראש השנה & יום כפור
- I am my ♥’s and my ♥ is mine אלול
- Unifying my life as I trim my garden
- Elul Homework 1
- Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)
- How did the על חטא (al ḥet) begin?
- now is the time for change
- All set? Let’s all do the al chet
- who participates in this kind of behavior, and how often?
- rank the errors from most egregious to the least egregious
- “this error was a particular problem for me when I was…”
- how do I feel when I experience a particular chet happening?
- rank all 22 errors in terms of which is the hardest (for me) to avoid
- how do I respond when I see an error done?
- age specific errors
- do we perceive some of these errors as more commonly associated with men or women?
- it has been x amount of time since I have seen a particular error done
- rank all 22 errors in order of most commonly done to least
Producing content on the Web since 1995
I began creating a Web site in my head as early as August 1995 when I drafted the following:
For a project I’m pursuing regarding Jewish involvement on the internet and the World Wide Web in particular, I’m interested in learning about any sites about which you may know. For example, do any rabbis have Home pages? Which synagogues or synagogue organizations have Web sites? Does Marge Piercy have a site at which you can read portions of "He She and It"? Does Howard Rheingold have a site where you can learn more about creating a Virtual [Jewish] Community? Is there a Web Camera at the Kotel? In the Wilderness of Zin?
- About Davka.org
- davka deed
- Who [is Mark Hurvitz?]
- be jewish
- my questions
This site remains under considerable reconstruction.
Most pages should still be available in their original location. However, I will be moving the vast majority of the old site (static html pages) into the Web 2.0 (blog) site. If you experience any "link rot", please let me know.
When I initially created this site I organized the material into what seemed to be meaningful categories (in the days before "tags"). But the time came when, it was hard to figure out which link to click if you wanted to know about Sammy Levinger's ("who"?) death ("what"?) while fighting during the Spanish Civil War ("when"?), though we had visited Belchite the site ("where?") of the battle where he sustained his mortal wounds. The new tools should make this process easier.
some sayings of ר‘משבצונה“ל
For many years I have worked hard, and struggled with mastering virtuous. Now, in addition, I’m working on becoming more virtual.
This is an expression of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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All photographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obviously not (or credit otherwise is given).
The photos in the banner at the top (only a shallow sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our travels and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: "Where was that?").
Tag Archives: 1980s
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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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →