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.
The planting of an orchard, or center of hospitality, could be a whole episode, or maybe an entire series, in a serial story. Within the plot-heavy Torah portion Vayera, ([“And he saw”]: Gen 18:1-22:24 — see My Jewish Learning), however, this bit of narrative can be easily overlooked or dismissed -- it seems so small, … Continue reading Planting Trees, Stretching Glitter
If we start with the intention of learning to build community, how will the questions we ask of Torah change?
Short note on a connecting root shared by birah and berakha.
An individual perceived a structure aglow and asked: "Is no one in charge?" God responds: "We are!"
In the spirit of noticing words with a meaning related to "bending," here are some notes on the root bet-reish-chaf (barakh; berekh)
This post looks at the contrast between "every purpose" and "common purpose" in Ecclesiastes and the Babel story and some related matters of language and poetry.