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I accidentally visited Guangzhou, China thanks to a minor mechanical delay that led to a missed connection.
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“I ask only one thing of God,” says the Psalmist. But then he lists three things. Why can’t the Psalmist count to one?
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It's fairly well known that each of the Haggadah's four children (wise, wicked, simple, and unable to ask) elicits......
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Purists object. They disapprove of this seeming Americanization, or, at least, foreignization of Hebrew. They long for the days when subjects were subjects and objects were objects. They fear th…
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Looking forward to speaking at an interfaith event in MA next week!
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Dear Friends, So much is happening! After exotic travel and the publication of more of my translations this summer, I'm heading back on the road. From New York to California, from Quebec to Florida, I'll be crisscrossing the continent in the coming months to talk about The Bible Doesn't Say That ...
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Perhaps the most amazing bird I've ever seen, the "Tawny frogmouth" looks like it's actually made of wood. Here the open eye gives the animal away, but look how seamlessly the body blends with the branch upon which the bird is perched. Simply incredible! Many thanks to Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours for showing me this bird and so much more. Photographed in the wild in the Serendip Sanctuary outside of Melbourne, Australia.
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Many of my South Africa photos are now in one place!
http://jm-hoffman.com/Photography/Collections/Safari-South-Africa/
Photography by J.M. Hoffman: Safari in South Africa
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Do you know the four letters that drop out of Hebrew infinitives without leaving a Dagesh?
https://glamourofthegrammar.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/what-to-do/
Hebrew NUNs in general are mischievous, and this is only one example of a general plot on their part to confuse students of Hebrew…
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New evidence suggests that the Bible was written earlier than many people think, and that literacy was widespread in ancient Jerusalem. Based on…
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What’s the opposite of the slang Hebrew “ma zeh?” It’s the truly bizarre….
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