Category Archives: Bible

Chaos and Creation, from Genesis to Today

My new blog post for The Jewish Journal: You might not expect it, but the very first words of the Torah explain how social change works. The most familiar English rendering is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and … Continue reading

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The Weirdest Torah Theory You Never Heard

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: It’s a weird theory about the Torah. You’ve never heard of it. And it’s really a thing. Of course, you’ve heard of other theories. The documentary hypothesis says that ancient editors assembled … Continue reading

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Organizing the Bible and the Talmud

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: Do you know what it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verse 3? Unless you’re a rabbi or a savant, you probably don’t. Neither do I. But we know how … Continue reading

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Biblical Writers Were Math Nerds

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: We normally look to the Bible for morals, religious inspiration, and history. But are you excited to learn that there’s some mathematics in there, too? If you’re a nerd like me, the … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av Turns Tragedy into Victory

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.” According to the late comedian Alan King, that’s the explanation of most Jewish holidays. It’s particularly relevant to the fast day of Tisha … Continue reading

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Seeing the Reality Beyond “You”

My new blog post for The Jerusalem Post: What’s real and what isn’t? How do you know? Could there be different kinds of realities that you know in different ways? The greatest thinkers, both Jewish and gentile, have given the … Continue reading

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What You Admire, You Can Become

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: Moses was a world-changing individual. We know that. But sometimes, we don’t appreciate how far his influence extends. I’ve been reading British historian Paul Johnson’s excellent A History of the Jews. His account … Continue reading

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