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(#49) Which Wilderness?

In “a wilderness” and/or “The Wilderness”? As one journey comes to a close, we continue through “the Wilderness” between the Sea of Reeds and the Jordan in our biblical story and through “a wilderness” of unknowns ahead in terms of politics, economics, and health.

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(#48) Pharaoh’s Daughter, Again

Following up on Pharaoh’s Daughter as a part of the erev rav or mixed multitude, quoting from Rev. Wilda Gafney’s Womanist Midrash on “A Pharaonic Princess.” Gafney, Wilda C. Womanist Midrsash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017 Here, for reference, is previous discussion…

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(#47) Boundaries

Continuing exploration of “gathering” and the challenges of forming a community without physical boundaries.

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(#46) Gathering

Exploring “ha-asafsuf,” sometimes “riff raff,” of Numbers 11:4, as “gathering” in opposition to Moses in a chapter also containing a “gathering of elders.” How might this set of contrasting views of gathering apply to our pandemic circumstances and the politicization of gathering today?

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(#45) Extended Pun

Perhaps we are all “erev rav” in the sense of being on the eve of something new.

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(#44) The Multicolored Hide

This stage explores a teaching from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (“Rav Kook,” 1865-1935), first Ashkenazic chief rabbi┬áin pre-state Israel. Here is the teaching about the Tachash, an unknown animal with a beautiful and multi-colored hide used in creating the portable Tabernacle in the Wilderness. In this teaching, the Tachash is compared to the erevrav, the…

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