Monthly Archives: August 2013

9 posts

“The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth” is in print

My article “The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth” has just been published in Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2013. Due to Brill’s generous policies, you may find the article on this site under the “Targum Ruth” tab above.  

First Day of School 2013

I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to see all the elementary school kids, Mack’s classmates, get on the bus for the new year without him. It is hard to see all the pictures on Facebook that our friends are posting of their kids and grandkids getting on the bus. But today really isn’t any worse than yesterday or the day before that. He is gone and we cannot change that. It hurts […]

We must live

Elizabeth shared this daily email from the writings of Henri Nouwen that happens to be about parents who have lost a child. We have discussed this often and my view continues to be firm; we must live.  If we collapse, if we “die” metaphorically if not literally, because of Mack’s death then we not only rob our daughter of all she deserves, but we also erase the memory of Mack. People will remember only how […]

Reaching - at the Grand Canyon

Of fig trees and faith

WARNING: This post will not be encouraging and might even frustrate you a good bit. It did me. As is often the case lately, I want to write this morning, but I am struggling to find the words or, more accurately, words that I think would be acceptable. Then I turned to today’s Morning Prayer and came upon the Gospel reading. Mark 11:12ff is one of the most troubling Gospel passages I know. Mark 11:12-26 […]

"Forever Silent" by Dan Piraro

(A pie) in the face of tragedy

I have mentioned before that Mack and I would read comics together every night. For a while it was hard to read comics again because of that fact. But at the same time comics and cartoonists have also helped me cope. So last week when Dan Piraro posted this comic I knew two things: (1) he would get vilified by some for tasteless humor and (2) Mack would find it hysterical. So I do too. […]

20 Years

Yesterday was our 20th anniversary. I am truly blessed, as I have said many times to E, she is the miracle in my life. She shared this quote that sums it up beautifully. “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to […]

The Anti-Pope’s Biblical Studies Carnival for July

Jim West has the “the Avignonian Papacy Edition” of the Biblical Studies Carnival for July. I am not sure where the official one is (I will be happy to post it if someone will direct me to it). It was kind of Jim to highlight my post on “The Experience of God.” Sadly, such posts and contemplations are still relevant. I heard from a close friend just two nights ago that on a church outing […]