PARDES (Exegesis of Scripture)

On this website I’ll have occasion to refer to PARDES — a framework for Jewish exegesis1)exegesis: the critical explanation or interpretation of a text. See this article. of the Torah (and by extension Scripture in general), so it needs a discussion.2)This blog is heavily indebted to this article here. And see this Wikipedia article. PARDES refers […]

The Pearly Gates

I wonder about Christian enthusiasm for ‘heaven’. After all, they say that when the Saved arrive at the pearly gates, everything sinful and unworthy is removed. I don’t know about you, but if all that is sinful and unworthy were suddenly removed from ME, would I even be recognizable? Even to myself? ~~ William

The Seamstress

Once upon a time there was a seamstress who made beautiful outfits. One day a customer walked into her shop and fell in love with a particular pant-suit. “I love this!” the customer exclaimed, “but it doesn’t quite fit right.” “That’s not a problem,” said the seamstress. “Let’s see what we can do!” “The pant […]

Is It Possible?

Is it possible that nothing important or real has yet been seen or known or said? Is it possible that mankind has had thousands of years in which to observe, reflect, record, and allowed these millennia to slip by like the recess interval at school in which one eats a sandwich and an apple? Yes, […]

The Fisherman

Once upon a time there was a fisherman who fished all day, cooked the fish and ate it with his family, played the guitar with his friends, and slept peacefully. A Harvard MBA said to him, “You have a great business here. We can expand and sell fish into numerous markets, then franchise and manage a big […]

The Gift

Once there was a father who promised his beloved daughter a pony for Christmas. The daughter was very excited and couldn’t wait! Finally, at long last, Christmas Day arrives. The father takes his daughter by the hand and with his heart bursting with anticipation he presents her a purebred Welsh pony with a hand-made leather […]

Psalm 23 — A Paraphrase

The Lord is ineffable, I shall never presume to comprehend Her at all. He shows me Unfathomable Shining Mysteries. In every moment for all time She sings Her Great Omni-Fecund Silence — and all that Is springs anew, transformed and renewed again and again, eternally. I have no soul apart from Him. She leads me, […]

Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. His neighbors said sympathetically, “Such bad luck!” “Maybe yes, maybe no,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “What great luck!” the neighbors […]