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Another Midrash on Lamentations

Every morning we translate sections of Eichah Rabbah (Lamentations Rabbah) at the summer intensive class in L.A. I am taking through MJTI (mjti.com). Lamentations is my kind of book. I believe that life has a hard edge to it and … Continue reading

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Overcoming Learning Paralysis

Learning. We all, like Tevye in that scene in Fiddler on the Roof, romanticize the possibility of becoming learned, of engaging in some regular, daily bliss of study. Why do so few succeed? The Paralysis of Too Many Choices Being … Continue reading

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Day 1, Summer Rabbinic Intensive

It would be dull for me to recount every day what happens here in Beverly Hills with the rabbinical school of MJTI and the summer intensive class we are enjoying. But I think I can get away with telling you … Continue reading

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Pt 2, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

In Part 1 (day before yesterday), I gave a prelude to a midrashic parable which I will share with you today. It is a parable explaining, in a very narrative way, a possible meaning of Lamentations 3:21. It’s not just … Continue reading

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Pt 1, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

Shouldn’t we be more disturbed by the absence of God in this world? I’m not denying God’s providence or that he dwells amongst the people of Israel and the followers of Yeshua in various mystical ways. But I am affirming … Continue reading

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Midrashes on Messiah

FFOZ’s latest journal, Messiah Journal 104 is now available and has some very important articles for our community. To subscribe to Messiah Journal, go here. One thing I hope you will read is my own review of Richard Harvey’s important … Continue reading

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Passover: Hidden Meanings in the Haggadah

Reading Lawrence Hoffman’s historical commentary on the Haggadah in My People’s Passover Haggadah is always a joy. My People’s Passover Haggadah (MPPH) has commentary from many angles by different contributors: biblical, theological, midrashic, medieval commentators, modern haggadot, feminist, spirituality, and … Continue reading

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The Kiss in Christian and Jewish Midrash

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Wrapping Hashivenu and Answering Judah Gabriel

Today I am traveling home from the Hashivenu Forum in L.A. It has been an intense experience, both in terms of the theological papers and discussion on the one hand and the late night conversation on the other. I am … Continue reading

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Sefer Ha-Aggadah, The Book of Legends

Imagine having a book which organizes all or most of the midrashic stories and legends into one volume ordered thematically to follow the Bible and important topics. Wouldn’t that be a resource too good to be true? Well, its not … Continue reading

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