Shorter Michelle Bachman:
How dare you Jews fail to live up to the stereotype that you're more loyal to the US than Israel.
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Since the state of Israel’s inception young men engaged in full-time Torah study have been deferred from military service. Those and their families have willingly accepted the consequent relative poverty and the limitations thereby placed on their ability to eventually enter the workforce. In recent years, political and legal efforts have been made to change that modus vivendi and pressure to join the military.
"It was said that whenever Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel sat down to delve into the Torah, any bird straying over his head was burnt by his words" [Tractate Sukkah 28a].I think this must mean that he was merciless toward anyone that tried to distract him when he was learning. In fact "bird flying over head" might have been an idiom for distraction or irritation. However, I can't ignore that both rashi and tosfot take this aggada literally.
Well, I don't care if you're just 13
You look too good to be true
I just know that you're probably clean...
Jailbait you look fine, fine, fine...
It's quite alright, I asked your mama
Wait a minute, officer
Don't put those handcuffs on me
Put them on her, and I'll share her with you
The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose, and Political FutureThis looks like another one of those MOOCS - Massive Open Online Course - only this one is sponsored by Emory, taught by someone I know, and covers a topic that interests me. I hit the "Join For Free' button, gave my bogus info, and got this back:
How and why was the Bible written? Drawing on the latest archeological research and a wide range of comparative texts, this course synthesizes fascinating recent research in biblical studies and presents a powerful new thesis: Facing catastrophic defeat, the biblical authors created a new form of community—what today we would call "peoplehood." Their achievements bear directly on modern questions of politics, economics, and theology.
Welcome to The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future!
This is an exciting course that covers a lot of ground. Our overarching question is: Why was the Bible written?
Much of what is written and taught about the Bible focuses on matters related to the Bible’s historicity, the ethical questions it poses for modern readers, and its particular themes (very often of a theological nature). These are all undeniably significant matters, and as such they deserve attention.
Yet the most intriguing question, the one that determines how we approach all other matters related to the Bible, is Why? Why was the Bible written? Why didn’t the civilizational centers of the ancient world produce something like it? And why has it had such a major impact on our societies.
I’m not going to disclose my answer here. But rest assured: Even if you have already taken many courses on the Bible or follow biblical scholarship closely, you will be exposed in the coming weeks to some new ways of understanding the Bible’s origins and purpose.
The implications of what we will be doing transcend matters of theology and ethics to touch on the grandest, most all-embracing, question of what it means to be a people.
The course lasts just seven weeks. (Seven weeks—I thought that was appropriate for a course on the Bible!) We will spend the first two weeks considering what archeologists and historians have to say about Israel’s history, examining Israel’s origins as well as the rise of its kingdoms.
Our focus for the remainder of the course will be not on the rise but on the fall—by that I mean the experience of defeat that wiped out the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. We will investigate how the biblical authors responded to this political catastrophe by radically reshaping Israel’s identity and by developing related strategies that would sustain their communities in a new age.
The strategies are most remarkable, and they relate directly to enduring questions that face our own communities. The course consists of video lectures, readings, weekly assignments and discussions, and quizzes. Once you log in, you will be taken straight to the announcements page. Please be sure to check this page periodically, as it will keep you informed about all organizational matters.
I look forward to getting to know you through your comments and questions. And I will be writing you collectively, and in some cases individually, at regular intervals.
Provehito in altum! (That’s Latin. Your first assignment is to translate it.)
Dr. Jacob L. Wright
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Candler School of Theology Emory UniversityVery promising...