Monthly Archives: July 2009

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“Have you forgotten us completely?” Crying Out to a Loving God

Below is the podcast of the talk I presented for Tisha b’Av at Beth Israel. Play in new window | Download (11.0MB)  

Tisha b’Av lecture in Philly area

I will be giving a lecture this Wednesday evening enitled “Have you forgotten us completely?” Crying Out to a Loving God. I will be exploring how the rabbis responded to the destruction of the Temple, how they responded to the text of Lamentations, and what that in turn can teach a community of faith about responding to our own times of crisis. From the Beth Israel website: Wednesday, July 29:  Beth Israel will be hosting a […]

What is the difference between an iPod and a Walkman?

A 13-year-old found out. This story is a month old, but I just came across it.  BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Giving up my iPod for a Walkman. Among his amusing observations: It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I […]

Palestinian Authority Officials ask Canada to Seize Dead Sea Scrolls

For some reason the most recent Royal Ontario Museum exhibition of Dead Sea Scrolls has ignited a lot of debate. The most recent headline to cross my digital threshold was one I had not heard before (but I don’t look for these things as a rule). They make some interesting arguments, perhaps fueled by the debate over the Elgin Marbles. From The National, a UAE paper: The problem for Palestinian Authority officials, who contacted ROM […]

Call for papers: International Organization for Targum Studies

We are only a year away from the triennial IOSOT meeting and its associated meetings which includes the IOTS. The Congress will be held at the University of Helsinki and the associated meetings will overlap a bit more this time which should help to reduce costs, 10 days in Slovenia was great, but tough on the budget. So with the Congress only a year away it is time to announce the call for papers. It […]

Towards a hermeneutic of healthcare

First to put a few things into what I hope is some perspective about my views on this subject. Preliminary to the preliminaries is the fact that I readily confess that economics is not my bailiwick, so I cannot really offer any viable solutions because I know enough to know that I do not know the practical impact of such policies. That being said… There can be no debate about the fact that there are […]