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The holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, is just about here, and instead of the Torah portion, I discussed Shavuot today with my Torah partner. Part of celebrating Shavuot is reading the Book of Ruth. I don’t want to take you through the whole story, but Ruth is IMHO a […]

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6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. 8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your […]

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It is a vulgar things in Americans who boast an education that they’re educated to be snobs. That’s literally how they know they’re educated. I’m not naming names, but it’s also how they learn what the word literally literally means. American snobs are usually derived from European snobs. They see in some way that American splendor, including the White […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Huge Scoop from The Hill: Michele Bachmann Is a Christian

 
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Peter Sullivan of The Hill has rocked the Beltway with a shocker of a story:

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.”

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Any poet can tell you that language is so powerful in part because it does not simply translate. Words convey a whole spectrum of meanings, depending on context, prior use, and any of a range of associations. Jews have always read the Torah in this way, and sought to live our lives accordingly. So, for […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The First Yom Kippur

 

shutterstock_291906152Although Jewish customs vary around the world, the rhythm of the Jewish calendar is substantially the same. There is one notable exception, though, and you see it this time of year as we prepare for the High Holidays — Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

Ashkenazi Jews (of European origin) begin to say the special selichot prayers about a week before Rosh Hashanah, continuing daily through Yom Kippur. Meanwhile, Sephardi (North African) and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jews drag themselves to synagogue before sunrise for a full month before the new year — since the beginning of the month of Elul.

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Whether we are speaking of the Constitution, the Bible, or great literary works interpreting the text correctly is key. Where this has been studied in the greatest detail is in biblical interpretation. Indeed it is its own discipline, hermeneutics. I led a group in discussing this and it proved to be an active and enlightening discussion. I found […]

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Hello, all, here is the new poetry podcast–introducing a poet already introduced by Miss Berlinski, but whom I find hard to describe: Paul Celan. (For my friends who are curious about European pronunciation, Paul is uttered with the diphthong from house; Chelan is not much more of a challenge–the first syllable sounds like the Spanish […]

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I became Catholic 12 years ago, but am still Biblically illiterate in many ways. I have been watching “A.D. the Bible Continues” and enjoying it. Just finished watching “The Wrath,” so I’m a bit behind schedule. Read More View Post

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3. Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. (Deuteronomy 23:12, 1984 NIV) 2. Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a rebellion and led four thousand terrorists out into the desert some time ago? (Acts 21:38, 1984 NIV) Read More View Post

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This is one of his funny poems. It is simple-minded & undisciplined. It tells you we should not be conceited about Art, & at some length. It’s full of lofty phrases used to comic effect. Read it & enjoy it, if you enjoy this kind of bad poetry. You have eight quatrains, with the simplest […]

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I attended the funeral service yesterday of a charming, compassionate and cultured gentleman who will be greatly missed by friends and family. He was a devoted reader of the Bible and left directions for which texts he wished read at his funeral, one of which was from Isaiah 61: [The Lord has sent me] To grant those who mourn in Zion, […]

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The church I pastor sings the Psalms almost exclusively (until the late 19th Century nearly all Presbyterians sang only the Psalms in worship) and I usually start working on the bulletin for the next week as kind of a stress release for the end of the Lord’s Day. Here is one of the psalm selections […]

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Tisha BAvThe book of Numbers describes how after the Israelites left Egypt, received the Torah, and built the Tabernacle, they were set to enter the Promised Land. As a precaution, Moses sent 12 princes “to spy out the Land of Canaan.” But when the spies returned, ten of them “spread an evil report of the land.” The people despaired and wept. As a consequence, God made the Children of Israel wander in the wilderness for 40 years, so that they would enter the Land of Israel only after the generation of slaves had died out.

According to Jewish tradition, the Israelites received a second punishment that night as well. “You weep for no reason,” the Talmud (BT Sanhedrin 104b) relates God saying, “so I will fix this as a night of weeping for you, for the generations.” The night in question is the ninth of the Hebrew month of Ab, or in Hebrew, Tish’a B’Av. It begins tonight.

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PlaguesI’m listening to the Book of Exodus and I have a question. Okay, so God pops off these plagues. Then Pharaoh is ready to cry uncle a couple of times, but God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The part I don’t get is: Why?

It seems really counterproductive to the overall plan.

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Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (quoting Shakespeare): “What a piece of work is man, in form and movement how express and admirable. In action how like an angel.” Sergeant Buster Kilrain: Well, if he’s an angel, all right then. But he damn well must be a killer angel. – Gettysburg (1993) Read More View Post

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Christians and other religious types occasionally like to discuss evil. It’s not because we particularly like it, it’s pretty obvious we don’t, but because we believe we need to know the nature of what we oppose (or dismiss as non-existent in some philosophies). We don’t always categorize it, however, which I believe is to our […]

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It’s Friday night. My family is gathered around our dining room table. The china and silverware gleam, offset by a white tablecloth. There is a nice bottle of wine — the adults aren’t driving tonight, no one has anywhere else to be — and the wineglasses capture the light of the candles on the sideboard. […]

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