Entries by Miriam

Sign of the Sea Squill

Sign of the Sea Squill “I wouldn’t believe it if I wasn’t living it,” a friend emailed me from abroad the other day. I second that. Even if we and our loved ones manage to stay physically healthy, experts say our social skills are wilting.* If we’re following the guidelines, we’ve had to give up […]

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.

Justice and the Time of Sycomores

Justice and the Time of Sycomores Between the waves a few weeks ago, Arik and I braved the outside world and took a stroll along the Lachish Stream Park in Ashdod. Sycomore trees along the path were bursting with fruit, and so Amos the prophet came to us. It was the same day I cried […]

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.

A word from Ruth for our wounded world

A word from Ruth for our wounded world Dedicated to health care givers, in particular to the nurses we know: Ayelet Erel, Naomi Moran, Jihad Abu-Ramadan, Marci Resnikoff, Amy Kirkland, Einat Bitran, Varda Spiegel and to physical therapist Jackie Resnick When I began writing this piece last week, with Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, approaching, […]

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.

A Spring of Your Own – a Biblical Craft Project for Kids at Home These Days

A Spring of Your Own – a Biblical Craft Project for Kids Keeping to Home These Days My grandson Dan lives in a farming community in the Valley of Jezreel in Israel, and coronavirus social distancing rules are keeping him, his parents and his little sister Hallel at home, like many of you. Dan’s mom […]

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.

A Hanukkah Highlight on the Road to Emmaus

A Hanukkah Highlight on the Road to Emmaus “What is Hanukkah? … When the royal Hasmonean family… was victorious over [the Greeks], they searched and found only a single cruse of pure oil… enough to light the menorah for a single day. A miracle occurred, and they lit the menorah with this oil for eight days. On the […]

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.

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 […]

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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.

“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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.