Category Archives : Judaism


What is it to light a candle?

My wife has recently written about the fact that when we travel and there are churches or cathedrals to visit, we light a candle for Mack. We have done this since last summer, the summer after he passed. There are usually hundreds of candles burning there. People light them for many reasons: as a memorial, […]

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MA Thesis – “Joseph, Dreams, And Interpretation”

It is interesting to me that the most viewed publication of mine on Academia.edu is my master’s thesis, “Joseph, Dreams, And Interpretation: A Study of the Stylistic and Rhetorical Features of the Dreams in the Joseph Narrative.” This was submitted for approval 20 years ago this May. (I submitted my dissertation on “The Midrash of […]

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Announcement

Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program

 

The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer six-week Fellowships to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Continue reading


BenSira.org is Live 3

I received an email recently from my undergraduate advisor and outstanding biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg announcing a new project:  BenSira.org. This has been developed with one of his Rutger’s undergraduate honors students (of course!), Jacob Binstein. It looks to be an incredible resource. Please spread the word! Welcome to www.bensira.org, the website devoted to the […]

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How do we make sense of it all? 3

A month or so ago I was talking to an old and close friend and we began discussing reviews of our work. This led to discussing how one reviewer misunderstood my conclusions in The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God. Curious to look at it all again, I pulled up the text to my introduction […]


Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash: English and German (6 vols.) – Logos Bible Software 1

I received an email from Logos Bible Software asking me to share the news that they are working on an English translation of Strack and Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. This will certainly be a great addition to English language resources once available. Logos Bible Software is pleased to announce the first-ever […]


Shalom and Happy St. Patrick’s Day 5

This morning NPR ran a great piece about the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin in New York City. Newspaper Excerpt On Loyal League’s Annual Banquet ” ‘Green bagels,’ assured Michael Mann, president of the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin. ‘They’re good if you acquire a taste for them. We’re kosher Irish.’ “What’s […]