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  • Life Out Of Place: Haftarat Shabbat Parah, Ezekiel 36:16-38

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    March 20, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    What is dirt ?

    Haftarat Shabbat Parah makes the question inescapable, because Ezekiel’s prophecy puts it front and center:

    O Mortal, when the House of Israel dwelt on their own soil, they defiled it with their ways and their deeds; their ways were in My sight like the... read on

  • God Will Meet You Where You Are: Haftarat Tzav, Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    March 13, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    The Haftarah is supposed to reinforce the message of the week’s Parasha, but Tzav seems to do a pretty bad job of it. Jeremiah might be, in the great scholar Harold Bloom’s words, the “bipolar depressive” of the Tanach, but the prophet’s contribution this week is legal, not... read on

  • Caring for the Wounded God: Haftarah Vayikra, Isaiah 43:21-44:23

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    March 6, 2014 | 11:14 am

    One of this country’s most incisive theological sources is The Onion.  A few years ago, it featured a story accompanied by two photos. The first was a beautiful, idyllic pastoral scene; the second was a picture of a horrific and devastating tornado.  The headline?  “GOD DIAGNOSED... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jonathan Zasloff is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches Property, Land Use and Urban Planning Law, Legislation, and Talmud, and a ordination candidate...

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