Parabel van de maand

Parabel van de maand maart: over dubbele tuinen en het splijten van de zee

In de aanloop naar Pasen en Pesach bespreek ik deze mooie maar gecompliceerde parabel die in de Midrasj wordt verteld naar aanleiding van de doortocht door de Rietzee. Op het einde van de passage zijn verzen van Psalm 114 verwekt.…
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Parable of the month January: if one kills a human being, one kills the image of God

For the Dutch discussion of this parable, see here. In this midrash, the physical presentation of the Ten Words on the two tablets, is the focus of attention. They are ordered in such a way that the oppositely placed commandments…
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Parable of the Month September (Rosh haShana): Working Wonders

Text of the parable (for commentary see below): “Who is like You, O Lord, among the celestials/gods; Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in splendor, working wonders!” (Exod 15:11) “Working wonders” (Exod 15:11): The measure of flesh and…
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Parable of the month March: “Make someone else your agent”: an ambivalent picture of Moses

In the book of Exodus, Moses is depicted as a remarkably human figure, with occasionally low self-esteem, and doubts about his suitability as leader. This already starts in Exodus chapters 3 and 4, even at the burning bush. In Exodus…
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