Newcomb Rally Covered by the Chronicle

Supporters of Women’s College at Tulane U. Rally Against Plans to Merge It Out of Existence By KATHERINE S. MANGAN About 150 women ranging in age from 18 to 84 chanted, sang, and pleaded with Tulane University administrators on Friday not to dismantle their alma mater, Newcomb College, an undergraduate division for female students that Tulane plans to close in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The 120-year-old college is slated to be combined this fall […]

Gen 3:6 – Oh yeah. He was there.

On Friday we began a discussion of Gen. 3:6 and whether or Eve’s husband was “with her” when she gave him the fruit. This morning I have access to my commentaries and can give a quick run down on their thoughts on the relevant passage, including their lack of comments on the phrase וַתִּתֵּ֧ן גַּם־לְאִישָׁ֛הּ עִמָּ֖הּ Exegetical Issue This all began because I was suggesting that the text implied that Adam was there with Eve […]

Which Sports Car Are You?

I’m a Lamborghini Murcielago! Does this sound like me? You’re not subtle, but you don’t want to be. Fast, loud, and dramatic, you want people to notice you, and then get out of the way. In a world full of sheep, you’re a raging bull. Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.  

American Vertigo Reviewed from Lake Wobegone

Oh my! Much to my surprise Garrison Keillor offers a NYT review of Lévy’s survey of American life that is completely scathing. Makes me want to quaff a beer, scratch myself, swap my partner, and laugh huh huh huh huh like Beavis and Butthead. In more than 300 pages, nobody tells a joke. Nobody does much work. Nobody sits and eats and enjoys their food. You’ve lived all your life in America, never attended a […]

Gen. 3:6 Was Adam with Eve?

I was teaching Gen. 3 today and made a point of the fact that the text says “she also gave some to her husband, who was with her” וַתִּתֵּ֧ן גַּם־לְאִישָׁ֛הּ עִמָּ֖הּ I suggested that one could read the text as implying that Adam was there next to Eve during the entire episode or, if one wants to see a gap between her conversation with the serpent and her looking at the fruit, at least with […]

Tanakh Read Aloud

I just stumbled across this great resource. This will be a great boon to my non-Jewish students who have never heard Hebrew before they attempt to read the Bible.  

Targum Lamentations: My doctoral thesis

I have decided to make my doctoral thesis “Targum Lamentations’ Reading of the Book of Lamentations” available on the net as a pdf since, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one copy at the Bodleian which is not the most convenient place for many. There are many things I would change (and did in my book) and there are probably a few errors that I never corrected and so on. I must […]

Millions Review

We (the fam) just watched Millions. Wow! Great flick, very thought provoking. The story is outlined in the review above and be sure to read Peter Chattaway’s review here. The movie is a wonderful treatment of the fantastic world of spiritual youth. It is not too terribly iconoclastic nor is it preachy, yet it manages to challenge the way we view money and faith. This movie requires thought, reflection, and discussion. I have been looking […]

Reflecting on Suffering

This evening I was at an event where the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, the Right Reverend Wolf spoke. She recalled her time spent living in homeless shelters as a homeless person (this was during her sabbatical and she readily admits that the fact that she always had a home to go to made a great difference in her experience from those she was with). Bishop Wolf compared her time with the experiences that those […]