Monthly Archives: June 2011

Soul Shards in Talmud-Land

Homa, Nhamani’s widow, came to Raba and asked him, “Grant me my allowance.” And he granted her an allowance. “Grant me,” she demanded again, “an allowance for wine”. “I know,” he said to her, “that Nhamani didn’t drink wine.” “By … Continue reading

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Beyond The Veil

There is a midrash I like about two biblical women, Rebeccah and Tamar. Both of these women are mothers of male twins. Rebecca’s twins are Jacob and Esau and those two brothers are pitted against one another in struggle. Tamar, … Continue reading

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A Bond and A Wound

  In the Jewish tradition, it is always women who take bold action to insure the birth of the Messiah. Brava for proactive women. But there is something these biblical women have in common which is troubling, to say the … Continue reading

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So It Comes To Pass

If, as the book of Ruth seems to suggest, the way to redemption is through incest, the way to acceptance can be through rejection, the way to peace may unfortunately be through knowing war, the path to serenity hardly ever … Continue reading

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Ruth Reconsidered

This week on the holiday of Shavuot we read the biblical Book of Ruth. Back in grade school when I first met the heroine, Ruth was never one of my favorites. To be frank, she was a bit of a … Continue reading

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