Entries by Miriam

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Here’s some springtime inspiration from an unlikely biblical plant. The signs of spring are unmistakable wherever you live, but in Israel, they’re biblical too. On my daily dawn walk with Daisy, our mini-Maltese, she and I listen to the “voice of the turtledove” calling from the cypress and cedar trees. When I began writing this […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

A Purim Tale for 2019: Bless the Other

A Purim Tale for 2019: Bless the Other   Ancient Jewish sages taught that Mordechai the Jew saved gentiles, too. This is a tale for our times. There’s no holiday like Purim to combine a story of the survival of the Jewish people against the enemy all around, women’s empowerment, an odious villain whose name […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

Hannah on an Ancient Hilltop – A Tale for the New Year

Hannah on an Ancient Hilltop – A Tale for the New Year On the Jewish New Year, the sacred readings reverberate with the triumphs of the vulnerable and the powerless. On Rosh Hashanah we remember that Sarah’s longing for a child was requited (Gen. 21) – and  Hannah’s humiliation came to an end when her […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

Carob Trees, the Bible, and Righteous Gentiles

Carob Trees, the Bible, and Righteous Gentiles Sweet, nutritious carobs are a blessing in the bone-dry Holy Land summer. What’s more, they embody a message of hope and  striving for a higher level of humanity. Following my recent video blog from “carob land” a few weeks ago, here are my promised further thoughts on the […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

Carobs, John the Baptist and Righteous Gentiles

To subscribers and friends, shalom! I invite you to come with me on a short video visit to “carob land” as a companion to my recent blog. Watch and enjoy!        

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

King David’s Mother: She Stands for Us

King David’s Mother: She Stands for Us Shavuot (Pentecost), among its many aspects, is the traditional death date of King David. This is an opportunity to return to my theme “Of King David’s Women,” and this time, I want to tell you about David’s mother. She’s mentioned twice in the Bible, but like most of […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

Chickpeas and Parched Grain: the Lunch Date that Launched a Dynasty

Chickpeas and Parched Grain: the Lunch Date that Launched a Dynasty What’s the connection between an Israeli culinary favorite and women of Scripture? Our next major religious festival is Pentecost, on May 20. But in between is another holiday. No, not Lag B’Omer, which we marked last week, on the 33rd day between Passover and […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

The Budding Biblical Promise

The Budding Biblical Promise   In memory of my late mother-in-law, Tamar Vamosh, a Holocaust survivor, who loved flowers, life and The Mikado I’d like to take a break in my series on the women in King David’s life and today, Holocaust Memorial Day, when sorrow over the past and worry over the future plague […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

This Passover, a Tiny, Inspiring Find

This Passover, a Tiny, Inspiring Find When I saw the photo at right, provided to the press by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and archaeologist Eilat Mazar, my mouth dropped open. It’s as if reality raided my literary imagination (instead of the other way around!). There she is! The unnamed woman in this picture ponders […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.

The Midwives of the Exodus: Yours, Mine or Ours?

The Midwives of the Exodus: Yours, Mine or Ours? There are so many nameless women in the Bible, and yet the two midwives in the Exodus story who stood up to Pharaoh and saved the Israelite babies get two names each in ancient rabbinic literature. According to one account, the midwives’ names, Shiphrah and Puah […]

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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of the famous last stand of the Jewish rebels of Masada against the Roman army. Its story line is drawn from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam, issued at Masada.