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)
This parashah is devoted almost entirely to the theme of justice. From the obligations of judges to the limitations on the power of kings, the well-being of a society depends neither on the goodwill of the ruler nor on the ascendance of the most capable in a competitive environment, but rather on the certainty that the law will treat all alike and will protect the most vulnerable against the most powerful.
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The context of John 6 is Pesach, the Jewish feast with its striking symbolism of the sacrifice of the paschal lamb and the unleavened bread. This is a significant teaching moment and Jesus brings to it his discourse on the bread of life. Our reflection on verses 51-58 is enriched by the Proverbs text that recounts Lady Wisdom’s lovingly meticulous preparations for her banquet, a banquet which is “a figure for the delight in sacred learning”...