Tag: midrash

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Reading Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, in my experience, requires an investment of time and attention but is very worthwhile.

Eikev: Great Source

“Paradoxes of Authority,” in Lifecycles, Volume 2 was written by Diane O. Esses (often cited as Cohler-Esses), identified as the first Syrian-Jewish woman ordained as a rabbi.

Pinchas: Something to Notice

“The name of Asher’s daughter was Serah.” — Numbers/Bamidbar 26:48

Chukat: Great Source(s)

Miriam’s death (verse 20:1) is juxtaposed with another water crisis: The community was without water, and they joined against Moses and Aaron. The people quarrelled with Moses, saying, “If only we had perished when our […]

Torah: Opening the Book

“All you have to do is open up the book.” In a recent study-planning discussion for the Temple Micah (Washington, DC) group Kol Isha, I went off on a bit of a rant with this […]

54 New Torah Ideas

Jewish Lights has just published a volume called The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary: New Insights from Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions, which offers an interesting array of new perspectives.

Song and Survival

Shabbat Shirah is marked at Temple Micah (DC) — as in many congregations — with extra emphasis on the Song of the Sea, the Israelites’ praise-song to God after their escape from Egypt (Exodus Chapter […]

Bird-Song of the Sea

“Az yashir moshe — Then Moses sang” — Exodus 15:1.

Genesis Poems

Cain Discovers Infinity One red rage roaring boiling blood a brother bleeding one letter in the name of God losing ink the earth swallows the ink the bloods of countless storied untold