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WILD AT HEART

Cain and Abel and Us by Karen Loew             Mountain meadows are fields. So are rolling prairies, and farmers’ plots.  In the Biblical imagination, these grassy, open spaces are places of wildness, where the unexpected can happen. (Think of the untamed forest in Grimms’ Fairy...

CAIN AND ABEL IN THE GARDEN OF ROCK AND ROLL EDEN

Creating love out of the broken pieces by Stephen Hazan Arnoff In “Adam Raised a Cain,” Bruce Springsteen explains what happens when children inherit the burdens of a father whose pain trumps his ability to love: In the Bible Cain slew Abel and East of Eden he was cast You’re...

HOW WE GOT BACK TO THE WILD

Cain, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a trip up the Alps by Elissa Strauss             For centuries the Swiss Alps were nothing more than an inconvenience for travelers. They were something to skirt, a sign that it was time to veer left or right because carrying...

GATEWAY TO THE WILD

Freedom and its discontents by Basmat Hazan and Ruby Namdar               Ruby:  The tale of Cain and Abel, describing the first murder in human history, happens in an open field. Do you think the field location carries a special meaning? Basmat:  Yes – the...

EVERYONE IN THE ARK

Noah Leads Us From Blueberry Island to the Empire State Building by Karen Loew             “Noah’s Ark” by Edward Hicks Once upon a time…a flood covered the entire Earth. A number of humans and animals floated in a ship until the water receded. Then they...

THE BOTTLE AND THE BIBLE

Noah, Phil Ochs, and Us by Stephen Hazan Arnoff It says in the Bible that Noah was the righteous man of his generation, which commentators of old noted was corrupt and twisted. Noah would have done well to make a Marxist exit from the Generation of the Flood – “Please accept my...

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