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#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Hag­gadah. Of these, three are braid­ed togeth­er so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sive­ly on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : slavery — shapes, colors, sounds

shapes, col­ors and sounds of slav­ery make room in your haggadah/seder for the youngest: what words, shapes, col­ors and sounds do you imag­ine when you think of slav­ery? have avail­able col­ored pen­cils, pens, crayons; use a plain white paper table­cloth And … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs We each need to learn dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives. Pharaoh was unwill­ing to release his labor sup­ply. Pharaoh thought him­self a god. He believed he could do what­ev­er he want­ed to with indi­vid­u­als or entire … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : how do I cleanse my life of chametz?

rab­bi meir shmuel ben tzip­po­rah v’nechemia hale­vi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teach­es: Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole com­mu­ni­ty was out har­vest­ing the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many peo­ple leave at one time? Amaz­ing­ly, in our own day we have already for­got­ten that “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of… refugees streamed home­ward…” [Rwan­dan refugees; James C. McKin­ley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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promise of dawn

dark morn­ings As the north­ern hemi­sphere moves deep­er into win­ter with less light for each day, our morn­ings begin near dawn. This is a beau­ti­ful time of begin­nings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morn­ing are not those of … 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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אלול comes every year

prepar­ing for my beloved As we begin Elul, the month before Rosh haShan­nah, prepa­ra­tions for the new year start. As I wrote last year (August 20, 2009) at this time, the Hebrew word אלול is con­sid­ered an acronym for the phrase … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Let My People Go (Отпусти народ мой) [that they may serve me]!

a grow­ing hag­gadah A new edi­tion of A Grow­ing Hag­gadah (which is still avail­able in its 2005 HTML ver­sion) has been print­ed. If you are inter­est­ed in hav­ing a PDF ver­sion of the text to print and use (in whole or in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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steve’s song

jews and judaism in amer­i­can elite cul­ture .01 On Sun­day evening, Novem­ber 8, 2009 I attend­ed “Steve Reich Talks about his Jew­ish Music at JMF”. I was a bit sur­prised (after being told to reserve my free tick­ets in advance) that there were … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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