TanakhCast #84: The Like a Boss Edition

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img-bossIn this week’s episode: 2 Kings 8-11.  We continue in the Second Book of Kings with a consideration of being LIKE A BOSS.

 

 

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TanakhCast #83: The Tales and Legends of the Folk Edition

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tumblr_inline_mmhqd07GHM1qz4rgpIn this week’s episode: 2 Kings 4-7.  We continue in the Second Book of Kings with a consideration of Elisha and how he reached the legendary status that he so richly deserves – but doesn’t have!

 

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TanakhCast #82: The Prophetic Sitcom Edition

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KrustytheclownIn this week’s episode: 2 Kings 1-3.  We begin the Second Book of Kings with a consideration of the prophet as inadvertent comedian.

 

 

 

 

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TanakhCast #81:The Speaking Truth to Power Edition

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How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

In this week’s episode: 1 Kings 20-22.  We conclude the Book of Kings with a consideration of satire and prophecy, or is it prophecy and satire?

And ICYMI, Jamelle Bouie’s piece at Slate about Jon Stewart’s (welcome) retirement.

 

 

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TanakhCast #80: The Truly Spectacular Edition

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8786500_GIn this week’s episode: 1 Kings 16-19.  We continue in the Book of Kings with an consideration of spectacle and showmanship with special guest and media maven David A.M. Wilensky.

 

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TanakhCast #79: The Little Finger Edition

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, and his son Eric Trump, right, depart after speaking during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)In this week’s episode: 1 Kings 12-15.  We continue in the Book of Kings with appendages, aggressiveness and aggrandizement.

And ICYMI, here’s the “Nice” Issue of Spy Magazine from 1988.

 

 

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A little late to the Pessah party

c1810d6c-1ada-4748-afb2-38e748ef8f07I don’t know if you recall a post of mine from way back … but in July, 2014, I noted that the (Third) Temple Institute took to Indiegogo to solicit crowdfunding for the building of the Third Temple.  They met their goal, but, alas, they have not started construction.  BOO!

Well, the Third Temple folks have been busy this Pessah season.  Under a different banner, this time, a Headstart campaign, they raised 30,011 NIS to fund a practice run of near-offering the paschal lamb, or korban pessah.

Here’s the two minute pitch.  Alas, it is in Hebrew.

My favourite line, spoken by the Dad to his curious son:  “Together, we’ll practice.  Together, we’ll get used to it.  We’ll see and we’ll learn how we’re supposed to near-offer the korban pessah.”

According to reporting from Elhanan Miller at the Forward, the near-offering of the korban pessah went off without a hitch.  This event, it should be emphasized, did not take place on the Temple Mount but at an overlook on the Mount of Olives.  However, it is part of a larger and disturbing trend to change the status quo on the Temple Mount.

In April, 2016, an unidentified couple conducted their Jewish marriage ritual on the Temple Mount.  According to the report from YNet, which quotes a post on the Temple Institute’s Facebook page, Rabbi Chaim Richman, the Temple Institute’s manager of international activity, married the couple.  While a member of the group distracted the police and Waqf officials, the vows were quickly made.

Also, in April, Israeli police removed 13 Jews who were trying to pray on the Temple Mount.

Although our unbroken connection with the Temple Mount is age old, spanning centuries and two sacred edifices, and serves as the the locus of the prayers of the devout, this kind of behaviour is nothing more than naked provocation.  And though the Israeli High Court of Justice, in its 2012 rejection of a Temple Mount Faithful petition, upheld the theoretical right of Jews to pray on the Mount – it also ruled that this right is not absolute and may be limited where human life is at risk.

These activities are designed to incite and put human lives, many human lives, at risk.  How can any rabbi sanction them?

But then I remembered my Jewish history and earlier days and other activities centred on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount… and shuddered.

 

 

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TanakhCast #78: The Totally Did Have Sex With Those Women Edition

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Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 21.55.55 PMIn this week’s episode: 1 Kings 8-11.  We continue in the Book of Kings with sex, scandal, power and who gets blamed for all of it.

And here’s Monica’s TED talk entitled “The Price of Shame”.

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TanakhCast #77: The Bamba is Unique Edition

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In this week’s episode: 1 Kings 4-7.

We continue in the Book of Kings with cultural crossover, blending and uniqueness.

 

 

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