Wellhausen argues that ancient Israelites reveled in a personal relationship with God. [He] hated all ecclesiastic authority and praised any hint of spontaneous and individual religious expression he could find in Hebrew Bible. He valued myths and tales that revealed a deity who talked and walked with humanity. Continue reading
Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar said,
Don’t calm your friend in the time of his anger and grief.
And don’t comfort him when (his loved one’s) corpse is placed before him.
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Shortly after Independence Day had come and gone, my son, Erik and I left the relative cool of our home and dared to endure the dreadful heat of midsummer in the South to go on a series of purchasing-related errands. Continue reading
Here, however, is a recent addition to all these various calumnies: Jews of ancient times worshiped lizards. It is true. Not that Jews worshiped lizards, of course, but that a living, breathing person has alleged such a thing. Continue reading