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.
“Joseph found out it’s dangerous to be a dreamer….Or sell the dreamer into slavery; purchase the dream with foundation grants or government deals…” Dick Gregory, in 1974, sounded a whole lot like Rabbis under Roman rule.
Jacob studied “the Torah of exile” in his younger years, and that helped sustain him during his time with Laban. Joseph, in turn, uses this “Torah of exile” during his decades in Egypt.
The biblical Rachel’s life and death link her to the Babylon of the past and future and to the precarious nature of Israel’s future on the land.
Jacob’s Dream and the holiday of Thanksgiving call us to carefully examine what is “ours” and how we view its rightful distribution.
U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and the economics of “Black Friday” make this a good time to consider what Judaism demands in terms of taxes and justice.
Klein includes a substantial passage on use of the same word that had caught my notice: “only.”
…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.
In contrast to Gertrude Stein’s “no there there,” there is a lot of “there” here.
Updated with additional Moon-cult link and previously missing footnotes. 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, […]