"Acher and ben Zoma in the orchard. Akiva uprooting the mountain...." some SVARA-inspired thoughts on rabbinic image-language.
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
More on Hagar, including her naming of God at what is then called Beer Lahai Roi
Hagar and Ishmael, and their connection to Mitzrayim, add another layer to the story of the Yisrael-ites and Mitzrayim-ites. This stage quotes from Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative by Phyllis Trible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.