Rabbi Meir’s comment celebrates both diversity and unity of humanity. Rav’s further specifics can also be understood more generally to speak to our divided, or blended, natures.
Ancient commentary finds reference to exile, to Babylon in particular, as early as the bible’s second verse
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It is way too easy to let “God is with the oppressed” console the already comfortable while leaving the afflicted with their travails. As the new year…
Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.
Exile saturates Jewish sacred text, practice, and thought. From east of Eden to Babylonian captivity…
Where one lives plays a crucial role in determining access to opportunity, and learning to see “opportunity” and its effects is an important part of understanding our world and how to pursue justice in it. […]
We often treat the siddur like our own hometown: we can imagine why others are fascinated
This season reminds us – even if we didn’t have recent events screaming reminders at us – that words, and related mind-pictures have tremendous power.
A few words about “interlude” and gathering up “against the unknowns ahead.”