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#blogelul — act

val­ues made real How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Con­sid­er becom­ing involved with one of these: Amer­i­can Jew­ish World Ser­vice The Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism Uri l’Tzedek — Ortho­dox Social Jus­tice Bend … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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jewish environmentalism and tu b’sh’vat

a thought regard­ing the his­to­ry of Jew­ish envi­ron­men­tal­ism In Jan­u­ary of 1970 I need­ed to make (what for me then was) a sig­nif­i­cant per­son­al deci­sion. I was born on Jan­u­ary 22 on the Gre­go­ri­an cal­en­dar. How­ev­er, the year I was born, that date cor­re­spond­ed … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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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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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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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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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Shake a Biblical Bouquet

[…from the archives (with minor updat­ing)]: The cool blan­kets act like a cloud of dew in the heat of har­vest [Isa­iah 18:4] Dur­ing which we share a Bib­li­cal Bou­quet: Our rab­bis tell us this bou­quet is like our peo­ple: Some with many … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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In spite of everything, would she still believe?

If she had not been mur­dered by the Nazis in ear­ly March 1945, Anne Frank would turn 80 years old on 12 June 2009. What would you say to Anne Frank if you were to meet her on the street? … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Be Happy, It’s Adar

On 23 Feb­ru­ary, 2009, in hon­or of Rosh Ḥodesh Adar 5769: The Hebrew text around the edge says: MiShenich­nas Adar Mar­bim BeS­im­cha(When Adar Comes, Joy Is Increased) משניכנס אדר מרבין בשימחה Why should joy increase when the month of Adar … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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