Shana Tova!

Happy new year to those who celebrate it according to the Jewish calendar! Even the Iranian president has voiced his Rosh ha-Shanah sentiments! [Read more...]

Talmudic Humor

A post about philosophy and humor appeared on 3quarksdaily. It included this famous bit of humor: There is a well-known joke about Talmudic interpretation. A Jew is talking to his Rabbi. Rabbi,” the man said, “Explain the Talmud to me.” “Very well,” he said. “First, I will ask you a question. If two men climb [Read More...]

Arctic Sabbath

This probably would be a good name for a band. But having just heard a sermon about the Sabbath last weekend, and reflecting on the fact that the length of the Sabbath differs with the seasons, it struck me that in the arctic and in Antarctica, the Sabbath, and any Jewish or other observance that [Read More...]

Pihta and Polemic in the Mandaean Canonical Prayerbook

Jorunn Buckley's paper at the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans focused on a series of prayers focused on the pihta, a special bread used in Mandaean ritual. There are references and allusions to other groups which are viewed as not making or eating the bread in an appropriate manner.   I think that CP357 is [Read More...]

Equality Profile Picture of the Day

Via Lori Baron on Facebook   [Read more...]

The Jewish Roots of the Vulcan Salute

Most Star Trek fans will know about this, but even if you already did, you may enjoy hearing Leonard Nemoy talk about it. You can either fast forward in the above video to around 10:30, or click here to go straight to the relevant segment. HT Frank Weathers. [Read more...]

N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn on the New Perspective on Paul

HT Cliff Kvidahl on Facebook [Read more...]

Touring Auschwitz

A former student of mine, Rev. Jill Moffett Howard, will be taking a trip to Auschwitz, and will be blogging about her experience. She’ll be traveling with Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who established the CANDLES Holocaust Museum here in Indiana. The blog is called Touring Auschwitz, and the address is: http://touringauschwitz.wordpress.com/ [Read more...]

Geza Vermes 1924-2013

I apologize that it has taken me a while to mention the recent passing of Geza Vermes, the renowned scholar of ancient Judaism and the historical Jesus. I had wanted to mark his passing not merely by linking to what others wrote, but by trying to round up and share some of his writings and [Read More...]

Doctor Who, Judaism, and the Ineffable Name

Tablet magazine has an article about Doctor Who from a Jewish perspective. It includes less well known details, such as the Jewish background of the show’s creator Sydney Newman, as well as more familiar topics such as the depiction of Nazism in the form of the Daleks, and the seemingly ineffable name of the Doctor [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]


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