This past week, news of a stabbing attack on marchers in Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade, which left 16-year-old Shira Banki dead, and an arson attack that killed Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsha, circulated through news and social media channels in Israel and abroad. The following poem by the Israeli poet Eli Eliahu appeared on his public Facebook page on August 1. Eliahu has described his poetry as “a documentation of the struggle of the individual against [the] background” of “a very stressed, crowded, violent and noisy country.” While his poem “Alibi” clearly addresses recent events, Eliahu’s interweaving of Biblical texts, specifically Proverbs 10:12 and Deuteronomy 21:7, contextualizes this poem in an ongoing conversation on violence and responsibility in Jewish culture and Israeli society. — Adriana X. Jacobs
An new exhibit displays the 16th-century Dutch painter Joachim Wtewael’s obsession with depicting the erotic nature of the nude female form - particularly the biblical ones.6
Rabbi Ron Fish and his family recently made the move to Sharon, a suburb of Boston. They love basketball, celebrating Shabbat — and Stephen Colbert.3
After almost two years under kosher supervision, Boston’s first kosher food truck determined that its base does not require kosher food.
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