David remains a revolutionary hero, a guerrilla leader and desert tribal bandit—too much of a renegade at heart to be entrusted with His house.
Nishmat starts with the wide-open sky and the wings of eagles; it ends deep inside the recesses of the body, in our vital organs.
The story of Joseph sets up two archetypes: the righteous dreamer (Joseph) and the flawed but penitent sinner (his brother Judah). Both have a place in the tradition, but one is preferred.
The point of the Torah’s rules on foreign brides and divorce.
A biblical story marks the moment when Judaism turned from charismatic authority to institutional authority, and from the rule of judgment to the rule of law.
They looked inside themselves and saw only their own fear, not the confidence needed to make the land of Israel their own.
Read enough of the Hebrew Bible and you could come to the conclusion that the two are intertwined, or even interdependent.