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The Priestly Blessing is Weird and Most Impressive (Hertz Pentateuch)

As I continue to scroll through the Hertz Pentateuch in search of wayward things and other points of interest that tell us something about the HP and its time and place, I found this odd and unexpected thing. It’s his … Continue reading

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Robert Alter Reads Paul Mendes-Flohr Reading Martin Buber & Drops the Ball on God (A Meta-Meta-Meta Commentary)

Sorry to read Robert Alter’s review of the long awaited biography by Paul Mendes-Flohr, Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent and the lazy reading of its subject.  You can read it here and this is a key line: … Continue reading

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(10 Commandments) Sabbath & The Jealous Mother God of Modern Bourgeois Judaism (Hertz Pentateuch)

[photograph of Malka Mollie Fedder, my father’s maternal grandmother] What are the so-called 10 commandments? Are they a foundation of law, the political law of a polis? Or something else? Are they the law of God the Father? Or someone … Continue reading

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(Rashi) God’s Great Hand (Man Ray)

[Man Ray, Hand on Lips, 1926] Most translations in English elide the anthropomorphism. “And Israel saw the great hand…”  (Ex. 14:31). According to Rashi, “hand” refers the great power done by the hand of the Holy one Blessed be He. … Continue reading

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Gender of God (Them)

The other day in class, I suddenly stopped myself, looked around, and referred to God as “them.” It worked surprisingly well. What would Maimonides think? The students didn’t blink an eye.

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God’s Inside/The Line of A Poem: A Philosophical Commentary

Playing with the notion that the place of the gods and God is not outside in conventionally physical space, but inside language, inside the line of a poem. I wrote this little bit on theology and poetry, which appeared in … Continue reading

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Bodies of God (Benjamin Sommer at Syracuse University)

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