Category Archives: theology and philosophy

Urim, Astrolabes, and Overallegorization

From the ArtScroll Chumash: Vilna Gaon gives a classic interpretation of how the message of the Urim v’Tumim could be misunderstood. When Hannah, the future mother of the prophet Samuel, entered the Tabernacle to pray for a child, the Kohen … Continue reading

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Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

My weekly halachah column for parashas Hukas: “And Hashem said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, … Continue reading

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Mareh, Metaphor and Meaning

Rambam famously asserts that the eschatological description of the wolf dwelling with the lamb and the leopard and the kid lying down together is metaphoric rather than literal: אל יעלה על הלב שבימות המשיח יבטל דבר ממנהגו של עולם. או … Continue reading

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