Babylon: Assimilation and Separation

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…

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 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, […]

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

Babylon Background

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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…

Sukkot and Babylon

Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.

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