TanakhCast: The Pro-Forma Blessing and Perfunctory Apology Edition!

In this week’s episode: Genesis 48-50.  We examine the coda of the Yosef story and the attempts to tie up all the loose ends in this family drama.  Through the lengthy blessings of the brothers, we look at the convention of blessings in the Tanakh.  And through the brothers’ final ruse, we will consider the importance of the apology as a necessary lubricant in human relations.  And if this reads as repetitive, I am sorry.

ICYMI, the Kickstarter apology can be found here.  Coverage of Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s total bullsh&t apology can be found here.  Speaking of bullsh&t apologies, if you have the stomach, why not read coverage about lame offerings from John Sununu and Gareth Evans?  And no discussion about apologies would be complete without a TOP TEN LIST!

TanakhCast: The Captain Obvious Reveal and Enslavement Edition!

In this week’s episode: Genesis 44-47.  We examine the build-up to and the climax of the Yosef drama – the Big Reveal of Yosef’s identity – and consider how this reveal, like all dramatic twists in the Tanakh, is inherently a Captain Obvious Reveal.  And we will also consider how Yosef’s economic policies would have made Newt Gingrich squeal with glee.

TanakhCast: The Cupbearing and Oneiromancy Edition!

In this week’s episode: Genesis 40-43.  We examine the role of cupbearer in Egypt and Westeros as well as how, for Yosef, dreams are not the royal road to the unconscious, but the path to royalty in the court of Pharaoh.

ICYMI, Nizam al-Mulk’s Book of Government can be found here.

TanakhCast: The A-Little-Too-Sexy-for-a-Sibling-Sitcom Edition!

In this week’s episode: Genesis 36-39.  We examine the story of Tamar, the daughter-in-law/baby mama of Yehuda who uses the whore’s veils to accomplish a neat trick.  And we will also explore the fifth iteration of sibling rivalry in Genesis between Yosef, his coat of many colours and his brothers – which results in some violence, enslavement and yet another ruse.  In short, any scream will do.

ICYMI, the Claire Messud interview, in its entirety can be found here.

TanakhCast: The Commentaries Weigh In and Man Up Edition!

In this week’s episode: Genesis 32-35.  We examine yet another disturbing story in the Tanakh – the rape of Dinah – and how commentators of various persuasions (male and female, strident and stodgy) have understood the incident.  We also consider how female sexuality and sex work challenge male notions of propriety and morality – and how, in the Tanakh, it usually ends badly for everyone.  Sigh.

BTW, Ellen Frankel’s Five Books Of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah can be purchased here and Elyse Goldstein’s Women’s Torah Commentary can be purchased here.