Daily Archives: January 2, 2007

3 posts

“There is no rejoicing over the destruction of the wicked”

I am working on a revision of a paper (presented long ago) and the discussion of Saddam Hussein’s execution at this blog was brought to mind by this quote from Mekhilta DeRabbi Ishmael (Shirta 1). This is a midrash listing ten songs found throughout the Bible (based upon Ex. 15.1, “Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD”) and I have given it “Neusner-esque” numbering. C. The ninth song was […]

“The House God” by Eebs

My wife Elizabeth recently posted one of her early short stories. I think folks who stop by here might like it. “The House God” From her blog: I have decided to share the aforementioned short story, “The House God.” You can find it here or using the tab at the top of the site. Let me know what you think! A sample: I watched Oyimbo, the peeled one, lying under her mosquito net from the […]

The Difference Between Moral and Honor

Jim West shared this quote for the New Year and it seems too good and appropriate not to share it as well. {Cross posted with engage.shc.psu.edu.} The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. — H. L. Mencken I admit, I am not sure that I completely agree with Mencken’s aphorism, but it […]