Category: National biography

Babylon: Entangled and Free

Can the larger Jewish narrative, of being entangled and free and entangled again, help us find a way out of the thicket?

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 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…

Exploring Babylon: Introduction

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

Warring Nations, Sibling Tears

The Torah portion Toldot (Gen. 25:19 – 28:9) illustrates the struggles of nations and individuals. We are simultaneously the inheritors of this mess and the participants – all of them – in the heart-breaking. So, […]

Teapots in Babylon

My personal connection to the language of “Babylon” has been growing for some time…

Noah, Covenant, and “Cursed be Canaan”

Curse and Covenant The “curse of Ham” — with related ideas about slavery and race, unsupported by the the text itself — emerged over the centuries from the biblical story of Noah. Regardless of our […]

Matot: Heavy Tongue, or the House of Cards theory of bible study

I want to begin by acknowledging my teacher, Max Ticktin z”l, for whom the period of shloshim is coming to a close and whose connections to Temple Micah are more varied and interesting than I […]

Racism: Congenital Deformity, Sickness Unto Death

It is time to re-order our national priorities. All those who now speak of good will and praise the work of such groups as the President’s Commission* now have the responsibility to stand up and […]