Tag Archives: hebrew

breathing and the א of revelation

a Zoom-enabled med­i­ta­tion cir­cle Dur­ing this time of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic “shel­ter­ing at home” Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue in Man­hat­tan has been main­tain­ing a Zoom-medi­at­ed dai­ly med­i­ta­tion prac­tice. A dai­ly call-in med­i­ta­tion prac­tice and a lit­tle Torah to help relieve stress and cen­ter the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Queen Esther Helped Me Beat the Draft

In 1966 Tuli (Naph­tali) Kupfer­berg pub­lished “1001 Ways to Beat the Draft”. I acquired a copy, but it was of lit­tle use to me as I was (at least at the time) fair­ly safe with my 2S (stu­dent) defer­ment. A cou­ple of years lat­er … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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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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face to face

vir­tu­al and real life rela­tion­ships If you are read­ing this, you know that I believe in the val­ue of “vir­tu­al” or “Inter­net rela­tion­ships”, though not of the inti­mate kind. In fact, it’s writ­ten over there in the upper left cor­ner that … 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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6 on a scale of 1 to 10?

judge every­one, how? In Pirke Avot 1:6, R. Joshua ben Per­achi­ah says: והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות The phrase is var­i­ous­ly trans­lat­ed as: judge every man in the scale of mer­it judge every man towards mer­it Judge every … 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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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 … 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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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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