In a classic rabbinic tale about human ingenuity and Divine mystery (Menachot 29b in the Babylonian Talmud), God transports Moses forward in time to the study house of the renowned second-century sage, Rabbi Akiva.
Moses sits at the back of the classroom and listens carefully to the…Continue
Added by Joshua Stanton on March 25, 2012 at 12:01am — No Comments
Purim's cathartic effect is remarkable, providing an opportunity for Jewish communities to parody themselves and their own hierarchies and imbue often-serious religious practices with music and merriment (and traditionally, copious amounts of alcohol and silly costumes).
It is in many respects a self-conscious parody of the ancient Persian culture in which one of Judaism's most intellectually important communities was steeped. Overflowing with cultural references (or faux cultural…Continue
Added by Joshua Stanton on March 7, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments