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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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what’s the difference between 48 and 11?

back then I under­stand that dur­ing the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry not even the major­i­ty of world Jew­ry sup­port­ed a nation­al­ist solu­tion to Jew­ish exis­tence. Jew­ish work­ing class move­ments were gen­er­al­ly non-Zion­ist and many of the “lead­ers” of world … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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a cold peace

where is this place מצרים? Is it the Egypt we know? I ask these ques­tions in my Hag­gadah. And I answer: Yes, though only the name of the place is the same, the peo­ple have changed. In fact we are at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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beyond the straits and narrow

a grow­ing hag­gadah We print­ed a pri­vate new edi­tion of A Grow­ing Hag­gadah last year for per­son­al use. We will use it again this year. If you are inter­est­ed in hav­ing a PDF ver­sion of the text to print and use (in whole … 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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the new year; traveling for chocolate… and much more

Switzer­land was actu­al­ly “Plan B” We had hoped to get to Fire Island (Long Island) at The Pines for Rosh haShan­nah to be with a col­league and at the beach. How­ev­er, because “the sea­son” at The Pines was still going strong, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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pirke imahot .01

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 … 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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