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We regularly describe Judaism as an ancient religion, emphasizing the antiquity of our narratives and pointing back to ancestors who take on mythic proportions. This week’s parashah is a prime exemplar, relating foundational stories of ...

Posted on 25 October 2018, By Claudia Setzer

Rabbi Gunther Plaut, in his Torah commentary on Lech-Lecha, calls Abraham ‘the Father of the Nation’. At the end of Noach (Gen 11:31) we were told that Terah, Abraham’s father, was taking his family from Ur towards Canaan, but Terah...

Posted on 16 October 2018, By Mike Fenster

When I was a very small boy I had a large illustrated book of bible stories. I remember the full-page picture that accompanied the story of the Tower of Babel.  It depicted a sand-coloured structure with external paths spiralling into th...

Posted on 11 October 2018, By Nick Gendler