Thanks to Tzedek Chicago for the terrific conversation about Rereading Exodus along the Anacostia, May 11, 2022. https://youtu.be/iMF8IkBZAps Transcript, slightly edited from auto-generated captions provided by Zoom. book-talk-transcript-may-11Download
It's always time to move toward greater liberation for all.
Tzedek Chicago members and friends gather on May 11 to discuss Rereading Exodus Along the Anacostia. Join us.
This Spring, Charnice Milton Community Bookstore and We Act Radio are launching reading and conversation with the aim of understanding the workings of oppression and our part in them.
When Pharaoh tells the people to “cast (off)” the baby boys (Exodus 1:22), do we ask, horrified: How could any people behave as Pharaoh directs?! Or do we acknowledge that we are those people?
Some words about Dick Gregory's Bible Tales from something I wrote in the Before Time, just barely pre-Covid.
Rachel is a powerful biblical character, in her showing up and in her disappearing, and possibly the biggest "oker/uprooter" of the whole family....
"Acher and ben Zoma in the orchard. Akiva uprooting the mountain...." some SVARA-inspired thoughts on rabbinic image-language.
Midrash calls Rachel ikarah [chief] as play on the word "akarah [barren]." But what about Sarah and Rebekah? More on roots, uprooting, and essence.
What was Isaac doing in the field at the eventide? Uncertainty is more powerful than a simple answer.