Etz Hasadeh

Zohar Atkins
Torah, Philosophy, and Freedom
Created 09 Oct 2020
  • Beauty Is Peace By Other Means
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 3
    And so the gift (mincha) went on ahead, while [Jacob] remained in the camp (machaneh) that night. (Genesis 32:22) And [Esau] asked, “What do you mean by all this company [machane] which I have met?” [...
  • Escape Monotony
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    For I have known them all already, known them all:/ Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,/ I have measured out my life with coffee spoons (T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alred Prufrock) Now,...
  • Private Grandeur
    04 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Isaac pleaded [va’yetar] with the LORD before his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD responded [va’ye’ater] to his plea, and his wife Rebekah conceived. (Genesis 25:21) And David built there a...
  • A Lily Among Thorns
    29 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Come and behold, When the evil inclination was in this world, it was called Lot. In the World to Come, it will be partly canceled and called Laban, for it is not as corrupt as before, but as one who w...
  • The Conspiracy of Heaven and Earth
    22 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 4 1
    “A base fellow gives away secrets, but a trustworthy soul keeps the thing covered (m’chaseh davar).” (Proverbs 11:13) Now the LORD had said, “Shall I hide (ham’chaseh ani) from Abraham what I am about...
  • Don't Compete
    15 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, between my herdsmen and yours, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Let us separate. If you go north, I will go south; a...
  • Time to Land
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    “The waters swelled and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark drifted upon the waters. When the waters had swelled much more upon the earth, all the highest mountains everywhere under the sky ...
  • To Shine Upon The Earth
    30 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 6 0
    God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times—the days and the years; and they shall serve as lights in the expanse o...
  • Who Should Rule?
    23 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    When Moses charged us with the Teaching as the heritage of the congregation of Jacob. Then He was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people assembled, the tribes of Israel together. (Deuteronomy ...
  • The Joys of Being Bored
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    “You shall dwell in Sukkot (huts) for seven days…” (Leviticus 23:42) “In the muffled, sometimes irritable confusion of boredom we are reaching out to a recurrent sense of emptiness out of which our re...
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