Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

Kristine Garroway received her Ph.D. from HUC–Cincinnati in 2009 and recently joined the faculty of HUC-JIR Los Angeles as visiting assistant professor of Hebrew Bible. Her research concentrates on children in the ancient Near East and the Deuteronomistic Histories.

There Is Safety in Numbers: Reception History and Cities of Refuge

D'Var Torah By: Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

In Numbers 35:9-15, God commands the people to create cities of refuge in the Promised Land. The notion behind the cities of refuge-where one could claim asylum or sanctuary-is a construct that has found itself reinterpreted throughout the ages. What follows below is a brief exploration into the way the...

“There Is Safety in Numbers”: Reception History and Cities of Refuge

D'Var Torah By: Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

In Numbers 35:9-15, God commands the people to create cities of refuge in the Promised Land. The notion behind the cities of refuge-where one could claim asylum or sanctuary-is a construct that has found itself reinterpreted throughout the ages. What follows below is a brief exploration into the way the...

The Succession of Moses

D'Var Torah By: Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

In the middle of Parashat Pinchas we find a curious passage suggesting that Moses is about to die (Numbers 27:12–22). 1 In light of this fact Moses appoints a successor. Scholars have pointed out that the narratives describing the succession of Moses and the succession of Aaron share similar qualities...

Balaam: A Case Study in True Prophecy

D'Var Torah By: Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

This week's Torah portion centers on the story of Balak, King of Moab and Balaam, a foreign prophet. In Numbers 22:3 we learn that Israel had become numerous, which made the Midianites and Moabites nervous. Balak wished to wage war against Israel, but needed a "go" sign before engaging them...

Who May Lead the People of God?

D'Var Torah By: Kristine Garroway, Ph.D

In this week's parashah , we learn about the uprising of 250 Israelites, led by Korah, Abiram, On, and Dathan, who are dissatisfied with the structure of the fledgling nation of Israel. Citing an argument worthy of the Priestly Code (Leviticus 17-27), the rebels state: "For all the community are...