Were there actually more than twenty Muslims present, some asked? Were some inside the gates and some outside? Were some difficult to identify because they were not wearing clothing that would clearly identify them as Muslim? Continue reading
Last week, Sarah called me from Houston just before I left for UNC Charlotte, where I teach. She told me she had been diagnosed with fourth-stage colon cancer. Sarah is 23…
She said: “I am frightened. I don’t want to die.” She said: “I’m sorry to ruin your day like this.” Continue reading
Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Europe not to grieve, but to calculate. As families are mourning their loved ones, he chooses to agitate for his political agenda. Instead of compassion, he offers European Jews a lesson. Theirs is misplaced allegiance. Israel, so Netanyahu, is the only place they can truly call home. Continue reading
I took the opportunity to tell the class that there is a midrash that claims the serpent saw Adam and Eve having sex and immediately craved a little nookie for himself (Bereishit Rabbah 18:10). The student, in turn, speculated that the sharing of the fruit with Adam might be another sexually charged act.
“I always knew the world began with a threesome,” the student said.