Candlemas or The Presentation of Jesus

February 2 is the celebration of the purification of Mary after the birth of Jesus and his presentation at the Temple Luke 2:22-39. The passage also presents two prophetic statements, one from a man, Simeon, and one from a woman, Anna (although Anna’s specific words are not given, we are simply told, “At that moment […]

The Unlikely Missionary eBook now available!

My wife’s novel The Unlikely Missionary is now available as an ebook! It is only $1.99 and available now in the following formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt. It will soon be available on Apple iBooks and Sony stores too, but you can read the epub version in iBooks now, just download directly from […]

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A close reading of Ruth

Boaz – A close reading of Ruth 2

The selection below was written “on background” one might say. I wanted to articulate what I thought was a close and “simple” reading of how the Book of Ruth presents the character of Boaz. I then went on to critique a few key modern interpreters, but that will have to wait for another post or even a published […]


Hebrews 11 is a Midrash of 1 Macc. 2 9

UPDATED – Excursus below. That is overstating the case and an example of really bibliogeeky link baiting. (Can we have a competition to see who has the geekiest or the worst?) But it does convey the sense of what I think is going on. As I posted earlier, I have submitted this as a proposal […]

When do we forgive? 3

When do we forgive? Is it only after the one who has sinned against us (offended us) has asked for forgiveness? Or should we forgive them whether they ask for forgiveness or not? This is a discussion I had not long ago with a friend and something I had thought a LOT about when I was in college. […]



Macs (and Apples) I have owned

As almost anyone with a connection to the internet or any other possible source of media including the telegraph and carrier pigeons knows, today, January 24, 2014, is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Macintosh computer. ReutersMoney did a story on how much people have invested in their Apple products and yours truly […]


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