Reading the story of Gerar as a morality tale about the dangers of “religious prejudices,” helps make sense of an otherwise disturbing and puzzling text. It seems a powerful lesson any generation could use. Whether Jews in Babylonian Captivity actually gleaned…
Can the larger Jewish narrative, of being entangled and free and entangled again, help us find a way out of the thicket?
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, […]
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.
Ancient commentary finds reference to exile, to Babylon in particular, as early as the bible’s second verse
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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…
Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.
We often treat the siddur like our own hometown: we can imagine why others are fascinated