The humid heat continued today, as we watched news bulletins on Israeli TV about the floods and lack of drinking water in Britain.
The Shabbat afternoon shiur was on the subject of
and whether it was OK to water plants during this coming year. Our shiur is run somewhat midrashically, so for some reason we got on to the wild boar that are apparently roaming the neighbourhood looking for water and the relationship between people and God, which one rabbi had apparently said was like that between 'vassal and lord'.
I found this somewhat strange, as Abraham argues with God in the Bible and this trend has contined in more modern periods as well.
Another member of the group suggested that we have all kinds of different relationships to God, but I still don't think that 'vassal to lord' is a good one, because if it were so perfect, why on earth did the whole feudal system die out and why did He give us a rational mind in the first place?
Then, I received a phone call out of the blue from a lovely-sounding Arab lady who wants to do a PhD on domestic abuse in the Muslim community in Israel, and wondered if my husband was willing to supervise it.
So he took the phone and said he would love to help out, but that he isn't an expert on the subject. So I tried someone else at Haifa University, who may have just the person for her.
Meanwhile, on the subject of Muslim women in Israel, this is an interesting blog from Libby Purves at The Times' Faith Central:
first reported on the BBC Webpage to which she links.
And to my great amusement, Ruth Gledhill's blog has become a repository for serious people who want to find out more about my take on both the New Testament and the 'stories' in the Hebrew Bible.
Maybe I should start a virtual university online.
Now that's really an idea! Any takers?