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)
Eighth Day of Passover
Today is the eighth day of the Feast of Pesach or Passover. For Christians, it would be hard for not to think about it considering that we are also celebrating Easter. So, it is better that we acknowledge it first and, then, delve into the text customarily read in the diaspora on the eighth day of Pesach. In the Christian context, Passover is associated with the sacrifice of Jesus, the feast/meal before his crucifixion, so it is remembered in a somber tone. In the Jewish tradition, it is the commemoration of redemption, celebrated in festive tone.
The Second Sunday of Easter
Alleluia! This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Today’s Gospel introduces us to the first of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to his community of disciples. Over the next 40 days or so Jesus will continue to make himself known to them through stirring conversation, meaningful events and the sharing of meals. Significantly, it is the community as a body that provides the locus for the experience of faith and it gives credence to the Matthean affirmation that “where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them”...