Category Archives: Language

Being the Grass

It’s been dew, dew, dew, yet I’ve hardly given its “influence” a thought. Continue reading

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July 27: The Most Perfect Art

“Language is the most perfect art in the world. The chisel of a thousand years retouches it.” Continue reading

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A Little Quiz on Wisdom

Who said which?  Match the answers below with these five quotations: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. The beginning of wisdom is awe of the One. I have always been regretting that … Continue reading

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“Make to You a Teacher”

Thoreau and the ancient Jewish sages agree: Learn a few words of Hebrew. Continue reading

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Faith in a Seed

I recently finished reading Faith in a Seed, which collects some of Henry Thoreau‘s late nature writing that was published for the first time in 1993.  The book is composed largely of one of his lesser-known essays, “The Dispersion of Seeds,” … Continue reading

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If you’re going to talk dirt, do it right – from Haaretz

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to explore Hebrew terms for earth, land and soil. Read the full article in Haaretz: On Root / If you’re going to talk dirt, do it right “Thus Hebrew distinguishes between the nuances of … Continue reading

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Awaiting Hurricane Sandy with a Hebrew Sentence

A blessing for Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading

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