In the year 5780
May the Breath of the cosmos illuminate us and be generous to us.
May we be strong as lions (ארי)
full of awe (ירא) for the light that illumines (מאיר) us, reflects (מראה) from us,
and that others see (ראה) glowing within us.
Anagrams and related words of יָאֵר
for ראש השנה & יום כפור
- I am my ♥’s and my ♥ is mine אלול
- Unifying my life as I trim my garden
- Elul Homework 1
- Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)
- How did the על חטא (al ḥet) begin?
- now is the time for change
- All set? Let’s all do the al chet
- who participates in this kind of behavior, and how often?
- rank the errors from most egregious to the least egregious
- “this error was a particular problem for me when I was…”
- how do I feel when I experience a particular chet happening?
- rank all 22 errors in terms of which is the hardest (for me) to avoid
- how do I respond when I see an error done?
- age specific errors
- do we perceive some of these errors as more commonly associated with men or women?
- it has been x amount of time since I have seen a particular error done
- rank all 22 errors in order of most commonly done to least
Producing content on the Web since 1995
I began creating a Web site in my head as early as August 1995 when I drafted the following:
For a project I’m pursuing regarding Jewish involvement on the internet and the World Wide Web in particular, I’m interested in learning about any sites about which you may know. For example, do any rabbis have Home pages? Which synagogues or synagogue organizations have Web sites? Does Marge Piercy have a site at which you can read portions of "He She and It"? Does Howard Rheingold have a site where you can learn more about creating a Virtual [Jewish] Community? Is there a Web Camera at the Kotel? In the Wilderness of Zin?
- About Davka.org
- davka deed
- Who [is Mark Hurvitz?]
- be jewish
- my questions
This site remains under considerable reconstruction.
Most pages should still be available in their original location. However, I will be moving the vast majority of the old site (static html pages) into the Web 2.0 (blog) site. If you experience any "link rot", please let me know.
When I initially created this site I organized the material into what seemed to be meaningful categories (in the days before "tags"). But the time came when, it was hard to figure out which link to click if you wanted to know about Sammy Levinger's ("who"?) death ("what"?) while fighting during the Spanish Civil War ("when"?), though we had visited Belchite the site ("where?") of the battle where he sustained his mortal wounds. The new tools should make this process easier.
some sayings of ר‘משבצונה“ל
For many years I have worked hard, and struggled with mastering virtuous. Now, in addition, I’m working on becoming more virtual.
This is an expression of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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All photographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obviously not (or credit otherwise is given).
The photos in the banner at the top (only a shallow sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our travels and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: "Where was that?").
Tag Archives: politics
aipac gives koch a pass for flouting iran sanctions I know that Emerson said: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” But, I don’t this is an issue of foolish consistency. I’d … Continue reading →
the month of elul אלול has begun. Bradley Burston writes: in Israel, the future can come down to just one night Actually, everywhere in the world our future is determined by the actions at each of the moments we live … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“…whenever” How often have we heard people respond in this way? I’m always ready to go out and enjoy life. But, the daily alarm of the shofar in Elul reminds us to mix those pleasures, and that time is… Lena … Continue reading →
congratulations! Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. California is able to issue … Continue reading →
I found this image on a crazy anti-Zionist site: to which I answer: All are Jews! I am not a racist. The site may also be anti-Semitic, it sure feels that way, but I’ve not had a chance to study it thoroughly. What is Zionism? … Continue reading →
the boy with his hands raised As I mentioned here on April 10, when I was in my early 20s, I tried to imagine the life of the boy with his hands raised being led from the Warsaw Ghetto. I spent months with him, … Continue reading →
you decide how to go Last year (2009) at this time of Yom haShoah I wrote that I believe that all Jewish teenagers (at least) should experience a week of sho’a nightmares. I was in my early 20s when I tried to imagine the … Continue reading →