Educational Content in
“The Red Sox and the
ISBN 1-4137-8799-1 (Baltimore: Publish
Generally, this book explores concepts
in two different intellectual areas, the fictional genre of magical realism, and
the spiritual realm of Judaism. There are also a few other concepts that are
explored, as well as some fun things, with particular reference to Boston.
In the area
of magical realism, the following ideas are offered to the reader for
The juxtaposition of natural and supernatural
events and its results.
The recognition of miraculous aspects in
ordinary events, such as a baby’s first steps.
The existence of magical elements even in the
most realistic of stories and lives.
The idea that magical realism can enrich our
lives by making us more receptive to beauty, thereby allowing us to become
also touches upon various topics in Judaism:
The advancement of Judaism made by these women
in the Bible:
Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, Dina, Tamar, Hannah, Miriam, and Esther, in addition to
Leah’s and Rachel’s handmaidens, Zilpah and Bilhah.
Jacob’s life is also explored in several
The Jewish concepts of Shechinah, prayer, ruach,
kavanah, and hineini.
The idea of prayer coming straight from the
heart, while the conscious mind is still.
The meanings of the Avot and the Michamocha
Lust, love, and sex in ancient Jewish
The Shechinah and halos depicted in Renaissance
and Catholic art.
Spiritual and civil statuses of Jewish vs.
Catholic women in antiquity.
Agape (pure love) and ecstasy as Jewish
responses to the sacred.
A suggestion of modern Jews descending from
Islamic tribes in the middle ages.
A discussion involving the percentage of Jews in
the world population.
The problem of Jews unwilling or uninterested in
A question of faith: How much has to be revealed
for a person to have faith?
Does God prefer people to take justice into
their own hands?
The concepts of matrilineal, patrilineal,
matriarchal, and patriarchal society.
Compromises of Orthodoxy in modern life.
The ontological question of Divine omniscience
vs. omni-empathy: Can God understand everything if He does not experience fear
and bravery? (The extension of the Job story).
2—Educational Content in the “Red Sox and the Devil’s Handmaiden”
that are explored in the book include the following:
Untangling the notions of romance, sex, lust,
and love in literature.
Norms of everyday behavior between men and women
in antiquity vs. modern society.
concepts of scientific probability and bad luck masking the occurrence
concept of triadic relationships.
The role of sex in ancient and modern times.
6. A consideration of the symbols on the
The meanings of mass media, terrorism, chaos
theory, free will, repentance,
justice, and redemption in modern society
suggestion that love is an indication of one’s soul.
locations in Boston and other fun material found in the book:
The Green Monster
The Boston Red Sox
Durgin Park Restaurant
The MBTA mass transit system in Boston
Romantic love scenes
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