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
Preparing for שבועות
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: zionism
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 →
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 →
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 →
back then I understand that during the first half of the 20th century not even the majority of world Jewry supported a nationalist solution to Jewish existence. Jewish working class movements were generally non-Zionist and many of the “leaders” of world … 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 →
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 →
from prayerbook to leaflet I have been involved in writing and distributing leaflets at least since 1966 when our family composed a leaflet [text] we distributed in front of our congregation’s Yom Kippur observance calling attention to the war in Vietnam. … Continue reading →
redeeming prisoners The value of פדיון שבויים (Pidyon Shvuyim, the redemption of prisoners) is very important in Jewish life. Maimonides states that it takes precedence over supporting the poor or clothing them… because the problems of the captive include those … Continue reading →
purim in november On Thursday night, November 19, 2009, Debbie and I went to see the opera Esther at the New York City Opera in Lincoln Center. The opera, the last one by composer Hugo Weisgall is based on the biblical … Continue reading →
The words of Amos, who was among the writers of Tel Aviv, which he saw, concerning Israel in the days of Castro, Sartre, Russell and all the rest… The following text appeared in the October 1968 edition of Midstream magazine. … Continue reading →