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)
Good things come in threes, it is said, perhaps this is why I am writing about Pinchas for the third year in a row. This year the subject of the commentary literally presented itself to me. I was in a church, in a parish I had only recently joined, when I happened to glance up at one of the stained-glass windows.
The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The “Our Father” is one of the Christian traditional prayers. Yet A.J. Levine observes that, “it says nothing uniquely Christian; and it fits neatly within Jewish piety.” [Levine, 51] We might be able to rediscover and recover its meaning and challenge for us today if we spend time...