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  • Ozymandias: Haftarat Va-era, Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    2 weeks ago

    For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.                                                                                                                                                                         ... read on

  • Ozymandias: Haftarat Va-era, Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    2 weeks ago

    For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.                                                                                       

                                                                                 ... read on

  • The Map and the Territory: Haftarat Shmot, Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    3 weeks ago

    . . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds... read on

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  • The Map and the Territory: Haftarat Shmot, Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    3 weeks ago

    . . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds... read on

  • The Lion and the Fox: Haftarat Vayehi, 1 Kings 2:1-12

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    January 2, 2015 | 3:14 am

    Be wary in your dealings with the ruling powers, for they only befriend someone when it suits their needs. They appear to be friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a person in his hour of need.   

    - Pirkei Avot, 3:3

    If you can’t eat their food,... read on

  • Parting of the Ways? Haftarat Vayigash, Ezekiel 37:15-28

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    December 25, 2014 | 10:01 pm

    Two Jews, three opinions, says the adage. But in this week’s Haftarah, God promises to fix things:

    This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s... read on

  • Some Of My Best Jews Are Friends: Haftarat Shabbat Chanukah/Be-halotecha, Zechariah 2:14-4:7

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    December 18, 2014 | 10:39 pm

    If you are looking for consistent guidance, Zechariah is not your prophet. At the beginning of this week’s Haftarah, he relates:

    Shout for joy, Fair Zion! For lo, I come; and I will dwell in your midst—declares the Lord.

    Terrific! A joyful celebration for God. But two... read on

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