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Fragments of Sinai by Jill Hammer

Every year on Shavuot, the history of the holding of the Torah at Mount Sinai is read in synagogues various regions of the world. It’s a drastic narration, with thunder and lightning and inscrutable ram’s tusks detonating, and Moses disappearing into a thick cloud. It’s a powerful narrative. It’s likewise a problematic story, for me. […]

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Hagar, the Divine Witness, and the New Year by Jill Hammer

The Torah reading for the first day of Rosh haShanah, the Jewish new year, is not, as one might expect, the process of preparing the world( Rosh haShanah was Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, 9/18 -9/ 20 ). Instead, the adjust see is Genesis 21, the story of how Sarah, spouse of Abraham, contributes birth […]