Entries by Miriam

The Authentic Manger Challenge

The Authentic Manger Challenge This Christmas, change up your nativity scene. Hint: no carpentry required. Thanksgiving is over, and ’tis now the season when Luke 2, the narrative of Jesus’ birth, will start resonating in homes and churches. Scripture says: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid […]

THE SCROLL

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.

“Believe It or Not, Just Sing It”

“Believe it or not, just sing it” Serah daughter of Asher, mentioned only in passing in the Bible, morphed into a kind of cloud storage of essential Israelite data. Did you ever hear of a biblical woman named Serah? Don’t blame your Bible teachers if you haven’t. She’s only mentioned twice – both times in […]

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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 Thousand to One on Ancient Ramparts: Better Bet on Wisdom

A Thousand to One on Ancient Ramparts: Better Bet on Wisdom The wise woman of Abel is assuming her rightful major role in our understanding of biblical women more than ever these days. This is in great measure thanks to the ongoing excavations in her hometown, Abel Beth Maacah, co-directed by Nava Panitz-Cohen and Robert […]

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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 Highways and Byways of Shavuot

The Highways and Byways of Shavuot The book of Ruth, which we read in synagogue on Shavuot, is a veritable cloverleaf interchange on the highway of our liturgical year with exits to past, present and future. Let’s have a look at that imaginary map. The first crossroads is signposted “famine.” This is the disaster that […]

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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.

Roll Call

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.