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Aharon Varady
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Shimush Tehillim: On the Theurgical Use of Psalms attributed to Hai Gaon << שמוש תהלים |

“The entire Torah [consists of] G‽Δ’s Names which save and protect us...The five books of Tehillim correspond to the five books of the Torah and contain many wondrous secrets which defend and rescue Man from evil...All Gedolei HaOlam have agreed to this...and so we see that the Tashbatz [1361–1444] writes that since ויהי נועם (Psalms 90:17) has no letter ז (zayin), anyone who recites it will be saved from all כלי זיין (weapons)...”
The Shimmush Tehillim is a medieval work providing prescriptive theurgical associations for Psalms and verses from Psalms. It has been historically attributed to Rav Hai Gaon (939-1038 CE) but any ...
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A disproportionate amount of the alarming gun violence in Chicago takes place on the South Side, yet the South Side lacks even a single level one adult trauma center. Consequently, gunshot victims ...
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הִנְנִי עוֹמֶדֶת בְּמָקוֹם זֶה הַיּוֹם כְּדֵי לְהָעִיד וְלוֹמַר בְּקוֹל צָלוּל וּבָרוּר שֶׁאֲנִי בַּת יִשְׂרָאֵל. עָלִיתִי לַתּוֹרָה כְּדֵי לְהִתְחַבֵּר לְדוֹרוֹת שֶׁל בָּנוֹת וּבָנִים, אִמָּהוֹת...
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Are there any redditors in this discussion group? Do you subscribe to /r/Judaism?
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A reddit user (reader/contributor). Reddit.com is a website of community forums. Cf. http://www.reddit.com/r/Judaism/
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This prayer was written to introduce the service at a shiva minyan: Baruch Atah Adonai, Ruach HaOlam, Blessed One-ness, Breath of the Universe, Breathing us in, Breathing us out. Each loss breaks a...
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Although God often speaks to humanity in the rumble of earthquakes, the roaring of wind and the thunder of storms, God spoke to Elijah, instead, in a still small voice. And, it was the nurturing po...
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In the year 5775 (2015), the vernal equinox coincided with Rosh Ḥodesh Nissan, the Hebrew month known also as Aviv (Spring), as well as the onset of Shabbat, and a total solar eclipse. Here is a sh...
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An adaptation of Rabbi Yitzḥak Luria's prayer before studying Kabbalah.
My Lord Creator of all, Master of all worlds, Supreme, compassionate and forgiving, Thank You for Your Torah, Thank You for allowing me to learn from it And to move toward serving You. Thank ...
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Thanks to Dr. Refoyl Finkl for the Yiddish translation. Who can offer an English translation?
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I don't normally share every relink we get but this one was sweet.
Our gratitude for the end of winter and the start of spring needs to be directed God-ward.
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The Haggadah of the Inner Seder focuses on revealing the inner structure of the seder. This haggadah gives signposts and cues as to where the important shifts in meaning are happening. It also make...
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Talmudic and midrashic sources contain hymns of the creation usually based on homiletic expansions of metaphorical descriptions and personifications of the created world in the Bible. The explicitl...
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Education
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    Experiential Education, 2011 - 2013
  • Yeshivat Hadar
    Torah, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Cincinnati DAAP School of Planning
    Planning, 2002 - 2004
  • Binghamton University
    History, 1994 - 1996
Basic Information
Other names
DJ Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon, DJ Spaceling
Story
Tagline
Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, Aharon Varady is a community planner (M.C.P.) and experiential Jewish educator (M.A. J.Ed.) working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study.
Introduction
I prefer footnotes to endnotes, stories by Daniel Pinkwater, Ordovician fossils, and cumulonimbus clouds. I can occasionally be found writing, riding a bicycle, or hammock sailing. I'd love to speak with you if you're a mycologist, dirigible pilot, or a grower of tomatoes.
Bragging rights
always aspiring towards sentience, or so I suspect
Work
Occupation
experiential educator, environmental educator, jewish educator, editor, writer, freelance cartographer
Skills
teaching, writing, editing, advocacy
Employment
  • Jewish Free Culture Society
    co-founder, 2015 - present
    Advocating for sharing Jewish cultural resources using open-source tools and licensing strategies, and supporting all projects in open-source Judaism.
  • Dimus Parrhesia Press
    Managing Editor, 2015 - present
    Publishing works of Jewish myth and magic, liturgy, theurgy, and fantasy smuggled from across the river Sambatyon.
  • Cosmographic Design Initiatives
    Principal, 1991 - present
  • The Open Siddur Project
    Founder, Director, 2009 - present
  • The Shaw Group
    GIS/Planner III, 2006 - 2007
  • URS Corporation
    Planner/Technical Writer, 2006 - 2006
  • Trust for Public Land: Center for City Park Excellence
    Researcher, 2004 - 2005
  • Datarealm Internet Services
    Programmer, 2000 - 2002
  • The University of Pennsylvania
    IT Support II, 1998 - 2000
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Currently
Planet Earth
Previously
Cincinnati, OH - Falls Village, CT - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC - Baton Rouge, LA - Vestal, NY - Binghamton, NY - Brooklyn, NY - Boring, MD - Efrat, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel - Ramat Aviv, Israel