In this week’s episode: Numbers 32-36. We conclude the Book of Numbers in high literary fashion, pondering the fine details as we consider how readers read, what we expect of texts and what happens when ne’er the twain shall meet.
UPDATE: Click here for a lengthy yet breezy explanation of Fermi’s Paradox – with diagrams!
In this week’s episode: Numbers 24-27. We examine the Jewish-precedent-setting and bleep-disturbing question posed by Makhla, No’a, Khogla, Milka and Tirza (a.k.a the daughters of Tzlofkhad) with human rights advocate and spouse Noa Mendelsohn Aviv – who would have surely taken their case even though she knew there was little hope of winning. (Spoilers: Oh, for pity’s sake, Mr Rabbeinu, the girls will inherit!)
In this week’s episode: Numbers 20-23. We examine the extraordinary measures Balak took against the impending Jewish onslaught and discuss with eldest daughter Maayan Mendelsohn Aviv how best to treat talking donkeys and the lessons learned from all the freewheeling criticism.
In this week’s episode: Numbers 16-19. We explore how Korach’s astroturf uprising ends up in Sheol while truly grassroots efforts have the potential to produce surprising results. And we’ll also explore how a festively plump boy from a quiet Colorado mountain town brought about peace in the Middle East by putting a red wig and freckles on a cow.
And here’s the bit from SNL with Julian Assange: