Exploring Babylon Chapter 17 Recent scholarship concerning the prophet Ezekiel touches on some fascinating questions about the extent to which Judeans in Babylonian exile were acculturated and how cultural contact between Babylon and Israel might […]
The People’s calculations before the Golden Calf incident, like attempts to calculate the end of exile, yield disastrous results.
The brand new Koren Rav Kook Siddur presents commentary, not previously published in English — including this note on the Psalm 81 which sheds some light for #ExploringBabylon.
A few notes on Rome — and on Micah’s “seven shepherds” — to round out the discussion of “Ma’oz Tzur.”
Five foreign powers show up this week in the Jewish calendar. It’s worth examining each of these empires to see what light it sheds — on its own and in conjunction with the others.
Jews and other interested Bible readers are invited to test-drive “Jews’ Self Inventory for Bible Readers,” comment on it, and share results.
This midrash offers lessons for people struggling to function with integrity and flexibility in a diverse, often contradictory, world.
Rome’s satirical translation of the “writing on the wall” seems as appropriate to 2017 as to 1939, and it’s quite faithful to the biblical text… This song also leads to further questions about how we understand and interact with sacred text, particularly at times of crisis.
Chana Bloch, poet, translator, and teacher, died on May 19, 2017.
Ents are Middle Earth’s very old, male, tree-like creatures who have somehow…