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: sho'a
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 →
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 →
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 →
The first nuclear weapon “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945. calling for nuclear disarmament then I have a clear memory from long ago, sometime around 1959: walking with my family down Hollywood Boulevard, … Continue reading →
At the far east end of 47th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad lovely park leads up to the United Nations complex of buildings on the East River. A farmer’s market is set up every Wednesday throughout the … Continue reading →
continued from hidden in plain sight what are we hiding (from)? As of this writing, the phrase “hidden in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide variety of concepts and situations. How many things … Continue reading →
[cross posted at the Jew and the Carrot and at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism]. The prophet Isaiah asks (58:6–7): Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the fetters of wickedness, to undo the bands … Continue reading →
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 →
Do you wear a Kippah and/or Tzitzit? On September 24, 1996 I asked my rabbinic colleagues… in particular, those who wear Kippot (and request/require the students in their congregations to wear Kippot when either studying or entering the synagogue), whether they wear … Continue reading →