מאי חנוכה?‏

During this holiday season, we are perennially bombarded with a trite Manichean view of a grand dichotomy between Judaism, Light, and Spirituality versus Classical Greek Culture, Darkness and Materialism. This is really an egregious oversimplification; in particular, Aristotle (“the Greek”), the arch-villain of this narrative, and his medieval Jewish rationalist adherents, had far less interest […]

The Day That Will Be Neither Day Nor Night

For C.S., who liked this one better than most of my musical recommendations. From the הפטרה of the first day of Yom Tov: א הִנֵּה יוֹם-בָּא, לַיקוָק; וְחֻלַּק שְׁלָלֵךְ, בְּקִרְבֵּךְ. ב וְאָסַפְתִּי אֶת-כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם אֶל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, לַמִּלְחָמָה, וְנִלְכְּדָה הָעִיר וְנָשַׁסּוּ הַבָּתִּים, וְהַנָּשִׁים תשגלנה (תִּשָּׁכַבְנָה); וְיָצָא חֲצִי הָעִיר, בַּגּוֹלָה, וְיֶתֶר הָעָם, לֹא יִכָּרֵת מִן-הָעִיר. ג וְיָצָא יְקוָק, וְנִלְחַם […]