Category: Isaiah

Poverty and the White Horse’s Red Strap

Exploring Babylon Chapter 18-1/2 The previous chapter, “Exile, Passover, and Melting Pot,” looked at nine bible verses using the word “kur,” usually translated as “crucible” or “furnace.” This addendum shares the odd midrash on one […]

God’s Favor, God’s Prayer

Berakhot 7a discusses the topic of God’s prayer: R. Johanan says in the name of R. Jose: How do we know that the Holy One, blessed be He, says prayers? Because it says: Even them […]

Ha’azinu: Language and Translation

Given the poetic nature of Ha’azinu [“Give Ear”], language and translation are pervasive topics for this portion. One set of phrases to consider appears in 32:18: You neglected the Rock who begot [y’lad’cha] you, Forgot […]

Ki Teitzei: Something to Notice

“It’s very clear our love is here to stay. Not for a year, but ever and a day. The radio and the telephone And the movies that we know May just be passing fancies and […]