Blogkeeping = housekeeping for a blog??
Some small items of blogkeeping:
I know that some of you are reading these posts by email, and don’t automatically get to see the comments that people post on the blog site. If you have the time, I encourage you to visit the blog and check them out!
It turns out I have a group of very wise and eclectic friends. There have been comments posted by a couple of Episcopal ministers, a Jew-turned-Unitarian, a Muslim-turned-atheist, plus other assorted very thoughtful people. It is wild to have people from totally different parts of my life “talking” to each other this way! Many of these folks have been thinking about this stuff for far longer and in far deeper ways than I have; their comments are worth reading.
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Shifting gears slightly, I’d like to share my current Bat Mitzvah reading list. In response to my list of “things I’d like to learn,” my rabbi suggested a number of books. Among them:
- Who Wrote the Bible?, by Richard Elliott Friedman. This uses archeological and historical evidence to theorize about when, why and by whom different sections of the Torah were written down. I haven’t started this one yet.
- My People by Abba Eban, a history of the Jewish people from way-back to almost-now. I’m reading the first 100 pages for the history up until around 70 CE (Common Era, Jewish alternative to the Christian term of AD). Basically, if I want to understand who wrote the Bible per Friedman, I need to get a handle on the history and politics of the time.
- Finding God: Selected Responses, by Rifat Sonsino and Daniel Syme. Very accessible, simplified summaries of how different Jewish thinkers have viewed God. I was delighted to see that it includes Erich Fromm, the 20th century humanist psychologist who was a major inspiration to me as a teenager.
- What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death, also by Sonsino and Syme.
Just for the heck of it, and because I can’t leave a bookstore unless I am staggering under the weight of my purchases, I also bought the new Robert Alter translation of the Torah, an A.B. Yehoshua novel called Mr. Mani and a historical novel about an11th century young woman who secretly studies Talmud called Rashi’s Daughters.
Okay, Ilana… quit typing and start reading!