The Bat Kol Institute
for Jewish Studies
Christians Studying the Bible within Jewish milieu, using Jewish Sources
In Hebrew, Bat Kol means, "daughter of a voice." She is the daughter of God's Voice and her dwelling places range from the loftiest heights of human thought to the lowliest of hearts on earth. Bat Kol Institute fosters Jewish Studies, defined as study of the Word of God (Torah) within its Jewish milieu, using Jewish sources, ancient and modern, with the help of Jewish and Christian scholars. Christianity is rooted in Judaism as a plant is rooted in the earth; it cannot live apart from the soil in which it is planted.
Study the weekly Torah portion using Jewish sources
In Imitatio Dei and in imitation of Jesus and his disciples
Fulfilling who we are as disciples of Jesus
Our key to the exegesis of Jewish texts
Our method of study based on "iron sharpens iron" (Prov. 27: 1)
A paradox of technology is that while we are able to multi-task, we seem to lack time. This is apparent when you find yourself struggling to schedule a meeting with a friend. The result of spreading ourselves thinly is not only on losing relationships but also of the self. G-d commands all Israelite people to observe the L-rd’s fixed times beginning with the observance of the Shabbat and the sacred feasts.
The 5th Sunday of Easter
This Sunday’s Gospel reading comes from the first chapter in the section of John, known as “the book of Glory” (chapters 13-20) where we have several references to God and the Son of Man being glorified: both have been ‘glorified’ in each other (13:31) and in the future when God will ‘glorify’ the Son of Man (13:32). There is a flowing, dynamic movement in these verses between God and the Son of Man...
The 5th Sunday of Easter II
Human relationships can be very difficult and demand a lot from us. In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to the issue of relationships when he introduces his disciples to the kind of love that must be the hallmark of all who bear the name Christian. “I give you a new commandment,” he says, “that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34)...