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)
Central to this parashah are the five different offerings, or sacrifices, (korbanot) that were to be presented to the priests in the sanctuary and later in the temple. With the destruction of the Temple in 70 c.e. these sacrifices no longer had a place within Jewish religious practice, but even while the Temple was in existence, there were already changes in the ways in which Jewish communities sought to draw near (karov) to God.
Third Sunday of Lent
Today’s familiar story in Exodus 3 presents a backdrop for Moses’ encounter with “I AM” (YHWH), the same God who called the ancestors into a unique relationship. Each of the early Matriarchs and Patriarchs encountered this God of covenant and compassion: the God of Sarah and Abraham, the God of Rebecca and Isaac, the God of Rachel, Leah and Jacob.
Third Sunday of Lent - Revised Common Lectionary
Daily we awake to news of tragedies: earthquakes, floods, explosions, accidents, murders. The questions of “why them, why do good people suffer”, continue to hang in the air at these unexpected moments of pain and suffering. These questions are indeed part of our experience as human persons from the beginning of time. Jesus, in Luke's gospel, points out that by “no means” were the people in question deserving ...