The Letter To The Romans

The Letter To The Romans

Paul’s final letter has been the source of a wide variety of Christian doctrines–and Jewish misunderstanding. A careful examination of this text is probably essential to understand why Christians and Jews read it so differently. That’s our task, and in this book study, we will look at each verse, sometimes at each word, as we…

The Lonely Man of Faith

The Lonely Man of Faith

We will look at two rather short books by the same important author, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, of blessed memory, was an American orthodox Talmudic philosopher.  His work helps define what it means to live in this world as it is and maintain a Torah-obedient perspective.  These two small books represent his instructions about…

The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious

The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s book, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious. This is another heavy-weight examination of biblical themes–challenging and incredibly insightful. Our past studies of Zornberg’s work have yielded astonishing results, greatly increasing our understanding of the Bible. This one promises to be no less amazing. For centuries scholars and rabbis have wrestled…

Bewilderments: Reflections of the Book of Numbers

Bewilderments: Reflections of the Book of Numbers

Study of Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s book, Bewilderments: Reflections of the Book of Numbers – One of my favorite contemporary Jewish authors is Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Her work combines an impressive understanding of rabbinic midrashim, a keen analysis of the Torah, and contemporary psychoanalysis. Her books are unparalleled in her field. I have read them all. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg…