And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Send men for yourself, that they may study the land of Cana’an, which I give to Bnai Yisrael. From every tribe of their fathers you should send a man –each a prince among them. (Sefer BeMidbar 13:1-2) Behold, Hashem your G-d has set the Land before you. Ascend! Take […]
Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, is remarkable for the extreme realism with which it portrays human character. Its heroes are not superhuman. Its non-heroes are not archetypal villains. The best have failings; the worst often have saving virtues. I know of no other religious literature quite like it. This makes it very difficult to use biblical […]
I don't usually disagree publicly with lecturers, particularly when they are expressing opinions which are mostly consistent with my own. But there was one time when I felt that I had to speak up and object to one of the speaker's expressions.