Who am I? Many things and nothing.   What’s relevant here is that I have an M.Phil in Medieval Jewish Studies, oh lucky me, and after necessary time away, want to return to thinking about Jewish commentaries – parshanut – and to do it in week-by-week fashion, at least for now.  I have the impression that when people try to connect texts of this kind to their lives, they tend to be doing this from a religious point of view.  So the choice can seem to be, either to analyze and think about these religious texts and commentaries in a strictly academic way, or in a way that is related to rabbinical preaching…and I am looking for alternatives to that.  I don’t pretend to have the depth of learning of true parshanut scholars, nor the religious stance of a rabbi.  I believe that  – let’s not get pompous here – texts that have exerted massive influence, like the Bible,  do have a relationship with our lives and minds, whether we like it or not, and it’s a good idea to think about what those connexions might be.  If that sounds vague, well I’m just starting out with this!

I don’t want to go out of my way to offend the religious, but I also want the freedom to laugh and question as I go along.  That’s about it.

If you’re reading this, you must have some interest in what I’m about here.  I do hope you’ll join in, in whichever way appeals to you, as the blog develops.


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