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 […]

A close reading of Ruth

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

8th Birthday

The Passage of Time 3

Time is such an odd thing. It is, in a very real sense, relative and yet it is clearly measurable. I remember how long December 1-25 seemed to last when I was a child and yet today years go by so quickly I can hardly separate one Christmas or birthday from another. This year has […]

A true Penn State Soccer fan!

Sunday! Annual Mack Brady Youth Soccer Clinic

Next Sunday, January 12th Penn State Soccer will be putting on the Second Annual Mack Brady Youth Clinic for K-8 boys and girls. Players from the PSU men’s team will be present and it should be a great event. 4:30 in Holuba Hall at Penn State’s University Park Campus. FREE but donations for the Mack […]