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Nov 5, 2017, 3:12 PM
The biblical Noah and the Gilgamesh myth
There are remarkable similarities between the biblical story of the flood and the more ancient version of Gilgamesh. The Babylonian epic Gilgamesh was written around 2000 BCE and has survived in several versions. It predates the scriptural story. A...
Oct 27, 2017, 7:44 AM
The Perils of Ambivalence
Approximately 4,000 years ago, our Patriarch, Abraham and his brother, Haran, faced a politically charged environment. If it is somewhat comparable to our contemporary political scene and atmosphere on the college campus, then it is another example of the...
Oct 23, 2017, 12:52 PM
In the hopes of a plentiful olive harvest
With Hamas and the PA reconciled, Israel can finally talk peace with the whole Palestinian population, but isn't
Oct 20, 2017, 9:46 PM
Growing for good
“You must realize” an Auschwitz guard told a young Rabbi Marc Samuels as he crushed quarry stones, “that the reason your People are being treated this way is because of you fought poorly for Germany in the last war...
Oct 20, 2017, 5:45 PM
What’s your rainbow?
Even Noah needed to experience God's tangible actions to be able to trust Him after the Flood
Oct 20, 2017, 1:30 PM
Believing in Ourselves, Lessons from Noach
Parshat Noach opens with great praise of Noach, a man of sterling character whose praiseworthy description of righteousness is unique amongst all other Biblical personalities. The verses state: “These are the offspring of Noach — Noach was a righteous...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Oct 19, 2017, 10:36 PM
Watch what you drink!
After Noach left the ark, “Noach began to be a man of the soil and he planted the vineyard. He drank of the wine and was intoxicated. He then uncovered himself in his tent (Breisheet 9:20-21).” According to Radak, before...
Oct 19, 2017, 7:04 PM
Life Isn’t Only Puppies
Did you hear the story about the dog and the elephant who became pregnant on the same day? Three months later, the dog gave birth to six adorable puppies. When those puppies were three months old, the dog became...
Oct 19, 2017, 6:55 PM
The Fall of the Serial Predator
The dramatic downfall of Harvey Weinstein is not a specifically Jewish story, and those who have tried to draw broad cultural connections, comparing this moment to, say, the publication of “Portnoy’s Complaint,” have failed miserably. Nonetheless, this is a...
Oct 19, 2017, 4:03 PM
The trace of God
The flood taught humanity to think, not of oneself, but of the human other as the image of the Divine (Noach)