Cooking the Israeli Way

I don’t want to be a ham, but I am sure this author got some ribbing about her name, when writing about Israeli food. Something doesn’t seem quite kosher about this… Perhaps that is the very reason that, unlike on almost any other book cover, here the author’s name is so small that you could [Read More…]

John the Jew and Torah Observance: Enoch Seminar Day 2

Today was even more thrilling than yesterday, as we began to move beyond stating the views that we brought with us to the conference, to a deeper interaction that is causing us to think new thoughts.   One example is the discussion we had of whether the author and community behind the Gospel of John [Read More…]

This Argument Doesn’t Seem Quite Kosher

From The New Yorker   [Read more…]

Something in the Flood Story isn’t Kosher

Telling stories in episodes over a long period of time regularly leads to continuity errors. The Bible is no exception. One that was drawn to my attention recently is the mention of kosher or clean animals in the flood story in Genesis. Genesis 7:2 is the first reference to clean animals, and it is made [Read More…]

Easter Ham

What exactly is the symbolism behind the custom of eating ham at Easter – of eating a non-kosher food to celebrate a story that is set against the backdrop of the Jewish Passover? [Read more…]