This is combined episode 4 and 5 of the book of Genesis, focusing on divisions in the narrative -- divisions in family, of ideology and of belief systems, and land -- as well as some points of (re-)union. This commentary covers both the Torah portion Vayeira, 18:1-22:24, read last week, and this week', Chayei Sarah, … Continue reading Separating and Unity
In contrast, or complement, to the historical and geographic view of the last stage, here is a literary/imaginative look at the journeying of the biblical Abraham and Sarah. Quoted: Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination. Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000. Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad … Continue reading (#30) Tevye’s View
Exploring early ancestors behind the Exodus story and locating the story in geography.