TanakhCast #60: The Signifying Shimshon Edition


SamsonDestroyTempleIn this week’s episode: Judges 12-16.  We consider Shimshon the most unjudgy of judges who carries himself like Hercules but is as tricksy as a monkey all the while outsmarting and sticking it to the Man in Philistia.

TanakhCast #59: The Writerly Text Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 8-11.  We continue in the Book of Judges with an examination of stories which make demands of their listeners, and how a little work of unpacking goes a long way in internalizing the meaning.


TanakhCast #58: The Token Counter-Hegemonic Feminine Intervention Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 4-7. We are joined by provocateur and rabbinic trickster Caryn Aviv as we consider the anomalous stories of Devorah and Yael who literally and figuratively stick it to the Man.

And, as promised, here’s the link to more information about biblical women at the Jewish Women’s Archive.

TanakhCast #57: The Circle of Strife Edition


In this week’s episode: Judges 1-3.  We begin the Book of Judges with an examination of that famous dictum “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” as we consider the forgetfulness of the Jews after their oppression is lifted by God’s elected judge.

TanakhCast #56: The Adieu Adieu Adieu Edition


sound_of_music_goodbyeIn this week’s episode: Joshua 20-24.  We conclude the Book of Joshua with a look at farewell speeches and what Yehoshua should have said but didn’t.

TanakhCast #56 is coming soon!

fluApologies for the extended silence, but the next episode of TanakhCast is coming as soon as I firmly find my lost voice.

TanakhCast #55: The Bulwark Against Injustice Edition


lotteryIn this week’s episode: Joshua 16-19.  We consider how, sometimes, pulling a pebble out of a hat is a much fairer way to make a decision about who gets to pick the restaurant or who gets to settle in the hill country or who gets to run our democracy.  Yes.  Democracy.  Even that quack Aristotle thought so too.

Third Temple Indiegogo Update

The word is… GO.

The Third Temple Institute met its funding goal on Indiegogo and now, as promised, must begin construction of the Third Temple.

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TanakhCast #54: The Nina and A113 Edition


tumblr_m22oqu20PD1rpe27fo1_500In this week’s episode: Joshua 12-15.  In the shortest TanakhCast episode to date, we catch up with an old friend from the Spying days (and his nephew) as we uncover an easter egg omelet in Joshua 15.

And here are some samples of Al Hirschfeld’s work and the list of A113 references in every Pixar film – as promised.

TanakhCast #53: The War is Hell Edition


MTE1ODA0OTcxNzg0NjM1OTE3In this week’s episode: Joshua 8-11.  We explore life during wartime and conquest in Kena’an and consider how William Tecumseh Sherman and Yehoshua sought to make the best of a bad situation.  And when I say “best”, I mean “best” for the winning side and utter annihilation for the losers.

And, as promised, a link to the top ten battles in history, compliments of historian and retired Lt. Colonel Michael Lee Lanning.

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