Bible

The Book Of Ruth: A Celebration Of Female Friendship

05/28/2014
Story Includes Video: 
0

It’s hard to find a conversation in the Bible between two women. Sarah and Rebecca never speak to another woman in Genesis. Rachel and Leah speak with one another just once. Deena, Jacob’s daughter, never speaks at all. In the Book of Esther, Esther speaks often, and with power, but never to another woman. Against this background, the Book of Ruth stands out as a celebration of female friendship.

World's Second-Oldest Bible Fragment Digitized

The Nash Papyrus, found in Egypt, contains the Ten Commandments and part of the Shema.

12/23/2012

The University of Cambridge posted online thousands of pages from fragile religious manuscripts.

This Dead Sea Scrolls fragment is roughly contemporaneous with the Biblical texts Cambridge University digitized. Getty Images

Steven Millhauser’s Encounter with the Book of Samuel in The New Yorker

The December 10, 2012 issue of The New Yorker features a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, “A Voice in the Night.”

The narrator of the short story in the Dec. 10 issue of the New Yorker is a conflicted secular Jew. Photo courtesy New Yorker

New Tanach App for Android Has All the Bells and Whistles

My God Problem

My 8-year-old daughter and I are having a little bit of a God problem lately.

It’s not that we’re unsure whether or not to believe in him; I’m satisfied with leaving it unresolved by being agnostic, and Ellie’s OK with that as well.
It’s not even the “why do bad things happen to good people” issue, because, while the world is outrageously unfair, I don’t think God, if he exists, is micro-managing the daily lives of the world’s almost seven billion people.

Athens and Jerusalem: The Case for Knowing the Classics

In our secular, liberal age, the Bible and the classics often get a bad rap.  The Bible represents everything modernity is not—free inquiry, divested of hoary beliefs—while the classics are often snidely dismissed as the hubristic fantasies of aging, if not already dead white males.

Dead Sea Scrolls: From Qumran Caves to Museums to the Web

After the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave in Qumran in the winter of 1946–47 by Muhammed edh-Dhib, a Bedouin boy, and his cousin, it still took two decades until they were placed on display in a museum.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now online thanks to Google

Preparing for Passover: Keeping Perspective Amidst the Madness

04/14/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It is often said that if it were possible to remember pain, no family would have more than one child. And yet, year in and year out, we Jews engage in this annual ritual of completely subverting the normal order of our kitchens, and often our furniture, and willingly subject ourselves to the very arduous task of preparing for Passover.

By the way, it is also often said that if the ancient rabbis ever set foot in their kitchens, such that they were, the laws of Passover would look quite different. But we won't go there…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Enslavement, Redemption, and the Arab World: A Passover Unlike All Others

04/07/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Each and every year, at precisely this time of year, I find myself struggling with the question of who owns Jewish history.

It sounds like an odd question, I know. In a sense, it is. But what I mean is that there are some chapters of our history that are so imprinted on the broader consciousness of western civilization that it often feels as if we have handed over our historical experience to the rest of the world, to use as it pleases.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Good Samaritans

Israel’s smallest religious minority offers Jews a glimpse of what might have been.

04/05/2011

What would the Jews look like had they not been exiled to the four corners of the earth, had they gone untainted — but also unenriched — by the cultures in which they tarried? Imagine Jews who retained their fierce attachment to the Torah and the faith of their fathers, but without the rabbinic response to displacement.

Syndicate content