Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Fascinating Tale



New ‘Text/Context’

April issue is time-themed

BY MARC TRACY | Apr 8, 2011 4:00 PM | Print | Email | Share
The new Text/Context, which is published in a partnership between The Jewish Week and Nexbook Inc., has dropped. Angela Himsel instructs that Judaism and astrology are not necessarily incompatible. Tablet Magazine contributing editor Joan Nathan meditates on how eating can bring us spiritually closer to the earth. And David E.Y. Sarna has a fascinating tale of how the ancient rabbis were able to construct a lunisolar calendar that, to this day, works remarkably well at tracing the actual paths of the moon and earth; in part, he hypothesizes, they had use of the devices of an ancient Greek mechanical computer whose principles were actually discovered in Babylon.
You can see the full April 2011 Text/Context here.

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