#blogelul : return

arise return

the month of elul begins once again

return

Hosea 14:2:
שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ.

I return to this writ­ing, that I have not vis­it­ed since ear­ly March, short­ly before Pesach.

I have been many places, but now is the time for return.

As she did in antic­i­pa­tion of Pesach, my col­league of unimag­in­able strength, Phyl­lis […]

can an aipac supporter explain this one?

aipac

aipac gives koch a pass for flout­ing iran sanc­tions

I know that Emer­son said: “A fool­ish con­sis­ten­cy is the hob­gob­lin of lit­tle minds, adored by lit­tle states­men and philoso­phers and divines.” But, I don’t this is an issue of fool­ish con­sis­ten­cy. I’d like some­one to explain if they feel dif­fer­ent­ly.

alex seitz-wald, news report:

Ear­li­er this month, Bloomberg report­ed that […]

time for pruning

the days grow short, the moon fills and begins to wane.

The date clus­ters hang ready.
Come with me to the oasis.
The late sum­mer har­vest has begun.
I sort the fruit of my past year’s labor.

The fruit is full and sweet.
I look back on my year’s efforts with sat­is­fac­tion.

The time for prun­ing has come.
Much dross weighs down my […]

what would dad think?

poli­ty not piety™

Yes, that’s a “trade­mark” sym­bol there. Why not? I con­tin­ue to tell peo­ple that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not “piety”. My involve­ment was as a com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er. A quick check on Google indi­cates that I’m near­ly the only per­son to have used it… and, at that, sig­nif­i­cant­ly more fre­quent­ly.

nathan hurvitz

Our father died 25 […]

& bring them close 2 #Torah">love humanity, & bring them close 2 #Torah

study­ing pirkei avot dur­ing the omer

Dur­ing the peri­od of the Omer I have been study­ing Pirkei Avot. This is a tra­di­tion­al activ­i­ty for the peri­od, but I have been doing it in a non-tra­di­­tion­al man­ner. I take each Mish­nah and break it down into as few words as I can, yet still express a mean­ing­ful thought. Then, most of the time, I add […]

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 […]

it's very clear

our love is here to stay

While prepar­ing a wed­ding drash for this past week I learned that Ira Gersh­win chan­neled Isa­iah 54:10 in this week’s haf­tarah por­tion.

Isa­iah:

For the moun­tains may move
And the hills be shak­en,
But my loy­al­ty shall nev­er move from you,
Nor My covenant of friend­ship be shak­en

Gersh­win:

In time the Rock­ies may tum­ble,
Gibral­tar may crum­ble,
They’re only made […]

pirkei imahot

I am not the first to use the phrase, but begin­ning on March 15, 2000 I began a file in which I col­lect­ed our mother’s say­ings. I will peri­od­i­cal­ly share them here. One of her pri­ma­ry expres­sions was:

if you can’t say any­thing nice about some­one,
don’t say it

It’s that sim­ple.

Our moth­er was not a learned per­son. Though she grad­u­at­ed near the […]

i love my gay rabbis

con­grat­u­la­tions!

Plain­tiffs have demon­strat­ed by over­whelm­ing evi­dence that Propo­si­tion 8 vio­lates their due process and equal pro­tec­tion rights and that they will con­tin­ue to suf­fer these con­sti­tu­tion­al vio­la­tions until state offi­cials cease enforce­ment of Propo­si­tion 8. Cal­i­for­nia is able to issue mar­riage licens­es to same-sex cou­ples, as it has already issued 18,000 mar­riage licens­es to same-sex cou­ples […]

giving and taking

giv­ing

On May Day, The New York Times pub­lished an arti­cle about how to deter­mine how much mon­ey you should donate, sug­gest­ing that “God Knows”. The arti­cle states that “Amer­i­cans gave away 2.2 per­cent of their per­son­al dis­pos­able income to non­prof­it groups of var­i­ous sorts in 2008”. It reviewed the usu­al amounts sug­gest­ed by var­i­ous “West­ern” […]