TanakhCast: The Literary Terms-A-Plenty Edition!

Mpiece.alistairIn 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.

TanakhCast: The Paradox and Scale Edition!

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 14.58.04 PMIn this week’s episode: Numbers 28-31.  We ratchet up the rhetoric as we consider the first salvo in the campaign to claim the land God promised to Patriarchs.  And it’s not pretty.

UPDATE:  Click here for a lengthy yet breezy explanation of Fermi’s Paradox – with diagrams!

TanakhCast: The Bleep-Disturbing Question Edition

Mrs-Bennet-pride-and-prejudice-1995-8441340-200-200In 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!)




TanakhCast: The Back to Shrek Edition!

donkey-shrek-movieIn 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.

TanakhCast: The Madness? This is South Park Edition!

s17e06_480In 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.

ICYMI, “By Fire” by Tahar Ben Jelloun at The New Yorker as well as “Forcing the End” by Lawrence Wright about the search for the red heifer.

And here’s the bit from SNL with Julian Assange:

… and if you want a peurile laugh, you can watch the South Park episode “Ginger Cow” here, here, here and here.