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Denying Israel’s Biblical And Historical Roots

5 Kislev 5772 – November 30, 2011
There appears to be a newly energized effort underway to delegitimize any identification of the modern state of Israel with biblical Israel. This sort...

The Power Of The Shofar

8 Elul 5771 – September 7, 2011
In my last column I wrote of that which we must do in response to the wake-up calls that have been knocking incessantly at our doors these past few months.

In Loco Templum: Amsterdam’s Esnoga/Portuguese Synagogue

14 Shevat 5771 – January 19, 2011
One of the aspects of the biblical construction narratives - both those about the Tabernacle in the wilderness in Exodus, and in 1 Kings about Solomon's Temple in the Holy Land - that most troubled and confused me when I was young was the aesthetic status of the structures.

Have Artists Condemned The “Wayward Wife” To Oblivion? Richard McBee’s new...

3 Adar 5770 – February 17, 2010
At the risk of being crude, the narrative in Numbers 5 of the Sotah, the so-called "wayward wife," ought to be a goldmine for biblical painters. It is hard to imagine a biblical punishment more vivid and aesthetically fertile than the adulterous woman's belly bursting after she drinks the "bitter waters" into which the priest has erased the Divine Name - a violation of the third commandment so reprehensible it is clear how serious the Torah sees this issue. Forget the shyness of Esther before Ahasuerus, which has so fascinated artists for centuries. The Sotah is on trial for her life, literally exposed and alone in front of a host of men in the holy Temple. Numbers 5 devotes 21 verses to the Sotah; by comparison, Numbers 20 only gives 13 verses to Moses' sin of striking the rock, which prevents him from entering the Holy Land.

Have Artists Condemned The “Wayward Wife” To Oblivion? Richard McBee

At the risk of being crude, the narrative in Numbers 5 of the Sotah, the so-called "wayward wife," ought to be a goldmine for biblical painters. It is hard to imagine a biblical punishment more vivid and aesthetically fertile than the adulterous woman's belly bursting after she drinks the "bitter waters" into which the priest has erased the Divine Name - a violation of the third commandment so reprehensible it is clear how serious the Torah sees this issue. Forget the shyness of Esther before Ahasuerus, which has so fascinated artists for centuries. The Sotah is on trial for her life, literally exposed and alone in front of a host of men in the holy Temple. Numbers 5 devotes 21 verses to the Sotah; by comparison, Numbers 20 only gives 13 verses to Moses' sin of striking the rock, which prevents him from entering the Holy Land.

Khazars, Islamists, And A Jewish Enabler

20 Tevet 5770 – January 6, 2010
Islamist extremists have a problem. Traditional Islam explicitly acknowledges that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. The Koran itself is extraordinarily clear about the status of the Land of Israel in Islam. While criticizing Jews for their supposed sinfulness, the Koran relatesin Sura 5:21, that Moses (a revered teacher in Islam) tells the Jews to "enter into the Holy Land that Allah has assigned to you."

Controversy Abounds During Pope’s Visit To Israel

19 Iyyar 5769 – May 13, 2009
JERUSALEM - Coming as a self-described "pilgrim of peace," Pope Benedict XVI vowed to fight anti-Semitism and called for a Palestinian state in the moments after his arrival in Israel for a five-day visit.

Controversy Abounds During Pope’s Visit To Israel

JERUSALEM - Coming as a self-described "pilgrim of peace," Pope Benedict XVI vowed to fight anti-Semitism and called for a Palestinian state in the moments after his arrival in Israel for a five-day visit.

Orchards and Vineyards and Nature Divine

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Delectable, delicious, delightful - and available to us in a smorgasbord of flavors and consistencies.

A Prayer For Eretz Yisrael

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
For me, the moments before sundown every Friday evening are like a "mini" Yom Kipper.

Title: Geulah B’Rachamim

12 Av 5768 – August 13, 2008
Geulah B'Rachamim contains 60 easily absorbed lessons about the significance of Jewish life on holy soil.

Title: Army Fatigues

29 Sivan 5768 – July 2, 2008
Mark Werner's engaging text about serving in Israel's international volunteer military brigade Sar-El (a.k.a. Sherut LeYisrael) is a fun read.

‘To The Land That I Will Show You’: Mapping The Holy...

9 Sivan 5768 – June 12, 2008
Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1972) imagines a dialogue between the explorer Marco Polo and the emperor Kublai Khan.

Title: 101 Reasons To Visit Israel

25 Tevet 5768 – January 3, 2008
Estie Solomon and her son Dovid (a superb photographer) spent quality time touring their new home, the State of Israel, and created a Box of Chocolate format for presenting the goodies that abound in the Holy Land.

Title: A Taste of Challah: A Complete Guide to Challah and...

28 Tishri 5768 – October 10, 2007
Bubby's Bobka never knew that it would become an international star.

Title: GOLD From The Land of Israel

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
Author: Rabbi Chanan Morrison Publisher: Urim Publications

Follow Your Dreams: The Responses of Parents

23 Tammuz 5766 – July 19, 2006
I recently wrote an article about older adults who are single (either widowed or divorced) and who have grown children with their own young families.

Letters To The Editor

2 Tammuz 5766 – June 28, 2006
Kudos To Albert Kahn    May I add briefly to a story well told by Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum in his always fascinating My Machberes column?...

Why I Boycotted The Israel Day Parade

11 Sivan 5766 – June 7, 2006
For the first time in 16 years, I did not attend the Israel Day Parade.

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