Category: Torah

Babylon: Further Adventures #1

Klein includes a substantial passage on use of the same word that had caught my notice: “only.”

Babylon and Adventures in Bibleland

…how best to tackle the goal of this project — seeking out new perspectives that will help Jews interact with challenges in- and outside Jewish communities — given that neither our history nor our future is independent of the wider culture.

The Language of There

In contrast to Gertrude Stein’s “no there there,” there is a lot of “there” here.

Babylon: Back Home

Updated: Additional Moon-cult link and missing footnotes below. Exploring Babylon: Chapter 3:2 The Torah doesn’t tell us much about the background of Abraham and Sarah, except that they leave it. We learn later, though, that […]

Babylon: Babel’s (Distant) Background

Exploring Babylon: Chapter 3.1 The Hebrew “Bavel” is translated into English as “Babel” in Genesis and as “Babylon” when it appears elsewhere in the Tanakh. Bavel as Babel shows up in a total of two […]

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

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…

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

interlude: Summer 5777

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