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Aharon Varady
Works at Cosmographic Design Initiatives
Attends Jewish Theological Seminary of America
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We are grateful to the Vilna Shul in Boston and their Ḥavurah on the Hill program for preparing "Siddur on the Hill," (2011) a beautiful siddur for Shabbat Friday night services and sharing it with...
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In advance of the film Noaḥ, I've updated my Louis Ginzberg-esque reconstruction of an etiological myth explaining the origin of predatory nature. My reconstruction is derived from multiple and varied biblical, deutero-canonical, and midrashic sources, as detailed in a blog post I wrote four years ago. This myths has become central to my understanding of other central narratives in the Torah. 

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All of the individuals mentioned in this chapter—designers, bloggers and innovators—are engaged in a transformative endeavour. The digitization of seminal Jewish texts with the ability to remix, sh...
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There it sits on the Seder plate: ḥaroset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine. So the question would seem obvious: "Why is there ḥaroset on the Seder plate?" That's...
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Traditionally each cup in the Passover Seder is liked to a promise made by God in these verses, Exodus 6:6-7. The four cups can also be associated with the Four Freedoms first articulated by US Pre...
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experiential educator, environmental educator, jewish educator, editor, writer, freelance cartographer
Skills
teaching, writing, editing, advocacy
Employment
  • 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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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
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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
Education
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    Experiential Education, 2011 - present
  • Yeshivat Hadar
    Torah, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Cincinnati DAAP School of Planning
    Planning, 2002 - 2004
  • Binghamton University
    History, 1994 - 1996
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DJ Magical Adventures of Duffy Moon, DJ Spaceling
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A People Without Books
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by Isaac Shalev. Recently I have been working with the World Zionist Organization to develop an Israel education and advocacy conference. Th

Google Books Case Dismissed On Fair Use Grounds - Slashdot
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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In a case of major importance, the long simmering battle between the Authors Guild and Google has reached its c

This Website for Sale!
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by Aharon Varady. Remember On1foot – the sourcesheet builder of the nonprofit American Jewish World Service (AJWS)? on1foot was a web applic

Regex Runner: a game to teach regular expressions to kids
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Last December, I wrote a column suggesting that games would be a great way to teach kids Regular Expressions, a part of the world ...

Inside America’s Concentration Camps « The Dish
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No, not for humans. Just for pigs, courtesy of Wal-Mart, which refuses to review its support of housing pigs for their entire lives in crate

Quote For The Day II « The Dish
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“In relation to [animals], all people are Nazis; for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka,” – Isaac Bashevis Singer. Share · Email. In Th

Why Attractive Candidates Often Win
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“We Always Called It ‘Black Snow’” « The Dish
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[W]hen Le Roy [Torres] arrived at [Joint Base] Balad in the summer of 2007, the first thing he noticed was the smell. A noxious, overwhelmin

Flat-Screen Topography « The Dish
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As researcher Ali Israr explains, in its most basic form, the system involves an insulated electrode paired with an electronic driver to cre

First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon ...
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KentuckyFC writes "One of the great challenges in physics is to unite the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. But all atte

Help Wikimedia set up a new datacenter in the US!
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As you may have heard, in addition to my duties manning the engine room here at Boing Boing, I've recently begun a stint as Wikimedia's Dire

עלינו | Aleinu, freely translated by Joshua Gutoff
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Ours is to praise the Master of all; to recognize the greatness of the One who fashioned our beginning. Not as a nation-state, nor as a trib

Not a Fringe Republican
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New Texas Law Could Supress Women Voting
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The World’s Biggest Democracy Has The Most Slaves « The Dish
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Dark figures are calculated on the basis of random sample surveys such as the British crime survey. By asking a sample of the population if

Making oneself into a Maqom Hefker (an ownerless place): On the Economy ...
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Last year, I was interviewed by Alan Jacobs for the Atlantic Magazine on the potential and promise of an open source Judaism. There I summar

The Sequester is Worse
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Shutdown Caused Real Economic Damage
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GOP Lawmaker Says Default Would Be Impeachable Offense
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קדיש שלם | Kaddish, freely translated by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
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May that Great Name, that sacred energy, be shaped and make effective and be acknowledged and be given the right honor and be seen as beauti