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(Rashi) Anti-theodicy (Tisha B’Av)

The through-line in Rashi’s commentary to Lamenations is that, yes, the people sin, but that God is responsible for the calamity, for what we today call anti-Semitism, for the human inclination to sin, for setting up a barrier between God … Continue reading

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His Head, His legs, Your legs, Your head (Rashi Song of Songs)

Commenting on Song of Songs (7:2), this is a most refined physicality and supple anthropomorphism brought by Rashi to the close drawing together between God and Israel. His head, his legs, your legs, your head. Again it’s the case, with … Continue reading

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(Rashi Song of Songs) Israel is the Mother of God and Sister of Angels

Unlike the terse commentaries to Torah and Talmud, the commentary by Rashi to the Song of Songs is effusive and full-throated. Not a miscellany, it sustains its own independent theme running alongside the biblical love poem. A precis of  Rashi’s … Continue reading

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Trans-Torah (Dubbs Weinblatt)

In this short-form reflection by Dubbs Weinblatt on Torah and Trans Jewishness, an emerging sense of awareness is brought to bear vis-a-vis an ancient text-tradition, one that has done so much harm to LGBT Jews and continues to challenge. What’s … Continue reading

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(Rich Crimson Purple) The Color of Power in the Bible (אַרְגָּמָן)

The Hebrew Bible is full of vital color, no more prominently than in the description of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle dwelling, in the book of Exodus.  Some of that color might look like these textile remains described here at Haaretz. … Continue reading

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(Rashi) Translation At Sefaria (FYI)

In case anyone did not know and wanted to know, the Rashi commentary to the entire Hebrew Bible (Pentateuch + Prophets + Writings) is up translated at Sefaria. You can find it here. I’ve poked around a little here and … Continue reading

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Judean Pillar Figurines (Probably not a Goddess)

Excellent article here at Haaretz about Judean Pillar Figurines, thousands of which have been dug up in Jerusalem and its surroundings from the First Temple Period. The author makes reference to scholarship and speculation by Carol Meyers and Erin Darby … Continue reading

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Persian Fallow Deer (Biblical)

This from an article in the Jerusalem Post, “Persian fallow deer once thrived in Israel and were mentioned in the Bible. Known as Dama dama mesopotamica in Latin or Yahmor Parsi in Hebrew, it is believed to be the roebuck mentioned in the … Continue reading

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(Theo-Political Aesthetics) Buber (Event Object Vision)

Having reading Schmitt about representation and visibleness in the political theology of the Catholic Church, the question was raised by C. about “representation” in the theopolitics of the Hebrew Bible. We were reading in Prophetic Faith. I could have said … Continue reading

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New Jersey Turnpike (Wet)

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