“ירושלים עוד כך וכך קילומטר”

During her turn in Beit Avi Chai’s series החוט המחבר, the always wonderful Etti Ankri introduces her beautiful interpretation of Rihal’s poem of yearning for ירושלים and ארץ ישראל,‎ יפה נוף, with a brief biographical discussion of Rihal and his magnum opus, the Kuzari, followed by a charming personal, introspective anecdote [YouTube, YouTube]: רבי יהודה […]

The Construction Of Gender

China’s Huang He / Yellow River is female: Our own Mississippi is apparently androgynous: Taking it’s place as one of New Orleans newest and most high profile statues is ‘ Mother River,” a 30-foot tall sculpture that stands inside of a fountain in front of the Port of New Orleans. Mother River is an anthropomorphic […]

The Army Corps Of Engineers Plays God

Yesterday’s edition of NPR’s The Takeaway discussed the “devil’s choice” facing the Army Corps of Engineers with regard to opening the Morganza Spillway on the flooding Mississippi River; as Kavanaugh Breazeale, Public Affairs Officer for the Vicksburg District Army Corps of Engineers explains the dilemma: It is unfortunate that you flood farmlands and timberlands but […]