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Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at Vspatz.wordpress.com

Babylon: the Earthling and the Tower

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.

Babylon and the Beginning

Ancient commentary finds reference to exile, to Babylon in particular, as early as the bible’s second verse

Babylon Background

Basic Background   Sources Cited      

God’s Presence Accompanied Them

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…

Sukkot and Babylon

Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.

Exploring Babylon: Introduction

Exile saturates Jewish sacred text, practice, and thought. From east of Eden to Babylonian captivity…

Learning to See

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. […]

Siddur as Hometown: Don’t Dismiss the Travel Guide

We often treat the siddur like our own hometown: we can imagine why others are fascinated

Word- and Picture-Power

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.

interlude: Summer 5777

A few words about “interlude” and gathering up “against the unknowns ahead.”