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All in the Family

Tonight in “Intro to Judaism” class the topic was Ashkenazi history and culture. It’s a big topic for just 90 minutes.

Ashkenazi Judaism is that portion of world Jewry with its roots in Europe, except for Spain and Portugal. 464 more words

Jewish Living

J Street Seattle breaks ranks, declares BDS anti-Semitic

This past Sunday J Street’s Seattle chapter admirably declared on their Facebook page that the BDS movement is anti-Semitic. While this observation is not novel to most in the pro-Israel camp, it is a statement that up until now has not been heard from the ambiguously pro/anti-Israel J Street. 275 more words


In the BAR IV

Last week the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) showed up in my mailbox.

As always I eagerly scanned the contents to see what exciting articles it contained. 370 more words


Thinking Aloud: A Checkpoint on the Road to Peace

Apr. 23, 2014 by Darius 

It’s not news that negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians are in dire straits and likely to soon fail.  Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, recently renewed a previous threat: if negotiations break down, he will dissolve the Palestinian Authority, reverting the West Bank back to direct Israeli control. 442 more words

Thinking Aloud

Visualizing Isaiah 36: Hezekiah and Sennacherib

Two significant historical characters are mentioned together in Isaiah 36. Sennacherib, the king of Assyria from 704–681 B.C., claims to have taken 46 cities of Judah in the days of Hezekiah. 141 more words

Bible Study

'You just got pantsed': Fact check destroys Vox Israel-Palestine 'explainer'; Author attacks byline

Earlier today, Vox.com, which purportedly exists to boil down the facts into easy to digest explanations, published a post titled “What are Israel and Palestine? Why are they fighting?” 475 more words