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.
This midrash offers lessons for people struggling to function with integrity and flexibility in a diverse, often contradictory, world.
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.
If asked a few months ago, I would have guessed that “reception history” had to do with radio or internet signals or, possibly, some diplomacy pattern. But I’ve learned in the course of #ExploringBabylon…
Exploring Babylon 6.1.2 My adventures in Bibleland continue, and, not unlike poor Alice down the rabbit hole, I have reached several points in which I feared it would be an effort simply to keep in […]
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.