Staying Busy in a Time of Isolation

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many of us throughout the world are under quarantine or self-imposed isolation. Most shuls have been closed, and even private minyans have become inadvisable. Needless to say, we’re all going to be spending a lot more time alone. This can be a difficult thing for those who thriveContinue reading “Staying Busy in a Time of Isolation”

Don’t be a Pharisee! Or maybe you should…

(Actually, you can’t be, because they’re extinct) Ever been called a “pharisee”? Even know what one is (or was, as is the case)? For the next few weeks we’ll be covering the history, society, and philosophy of the three major Jewish sects during the Second Temple Period: The Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes. Not only didContinue reading “Don’t be a Pharisee! Or maybe you should…”

The Staffordshire Hoard and Biblical Headdresses

Archaeologists recently discovered a medieval treasure trove in England, which is being hailed as one of the most important Anglo-Saxon finds in history. Found amongst the hoard was this bishop’s headdress. Believed to be from the 7th century, this piece is now the oldest episcopal head covering currently known: While a little worse for wear,Continue reading “The Staffordshire Hoard and Biblical Headdresses”