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(ac)counting

let me count the (w/d)ays The peri­od between Pesach and Shavuot was one of seri­ous ten­sion in ancient Israel. The bar­ley har­vest began at Pesach and the wheat har­vest end­ed near the time of Shavuot. More was at stake dur­ing … 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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#blogelul : return

the month of elul begins once again 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 … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

aim­ing toward the future How do I long for Your pres­ence? Let me count the days: הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר. Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitz­vat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer. I am ready to move from free­dom … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : questions

the four ques­tions Our peo­ple has lived all over this earth. Wher­ev­er we go, we ask ques­tions. These are some of our most famous ques­tions, expressed in a grow­ing vari­ety of lan­guages. The youngest able recites: Hebrew מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : numbers (not the book, a game of sorts)

the num­bers’ game The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce light­ly on their fin­ger tips before they popped it over to the oth­er side of the line. Now and then one of them dove into the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs. My heart over­flows with joy! … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : spring (springtime holidays)

prepa­ra­tions for pesach Prepa­ra­tions for Pesach could begin as ear­ly as Tu b’Shvat. Some peo­ple have prac­ticed grow­ing their own pars­ley for their seders begin­ning by plant­i­ng seeds at the “birth­day of the trees.” The tim­ing is about right, but … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : plagues (a word search puzzle)

make room in your haggadah/seder for the younger peo­ple: Word Search Signs (translit­er­at­ed) B F S W A Y Z U C M Z A A M N K R U Q M R A Z V R E C … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the sec­ond cup — the cup of redemp­tion — כוס גאולה Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the gen­er­a­tions of our peo­ple who com­mit­ted them­selves to the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion in their own day. With the sec­ond … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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