Gideon’s Jug? Hold Your Horses

Gideon’s Jug? Hold Your Horses

Archaeologists in Israel recently published the discovery of an ancient inscription that may carry the name Jeruba‘al, a nickname the biblical account attributes to Gideon, one of Israel’s “judges” (Judges 6:32). Should we get excited? Israel’s Haaretz suggested that...
The Best Thing about Summer

The Best Thing about Summer

This is what summer is about: thick slices of a beautiful, homegrown tomato between two slices of bread with plenty of mayonnaise (I don’t care what brand) and eaten without regard for juice dribbling onto your chin. Some folks say it tastes best if eaten while...
Hearing Both Sides Now

Hearing Both Sides Now

Stop for a minute to count your blessings, and you’ll run out of time long before you get to the end. Focus on the physical, and sooner or later you’ll be thankful for the sense of hearing. As much as we may enjoy occasional quiet times, people with good hearing are...
That Wasn’t Kosher …

That Wasn’t Kosher …

Jews aren’t allowed to eat pork, right? The command forbidding it is found in Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8. Both note that even though the pig has “cloven hooves” like cattle or sheep, it doesn’t “chew the cud,” so it was considered unclean. Deuteronomy wasn’t...
Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth

There is ignorance that comes from never having an opportunity to learn something. I am ignorant of the fine points of quantum physics, for example. I’ve read enough for a general familiarity, but I haven’t studied it in detail. Translating Sanskrit? Don’t ask me....