Matá

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Matá means "orchard" in Hebrew. We are planting an orchard of the mind and spirit, offering new fiction and nonfiction in shorter-than-books format. We're just getting started, but once we've launched, you'll see new and inspiring essays and short stories every month. You'll have the option of purchasing them individually or subscribing annually. And you'll never lack for something great to read.

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What the Bible Really Says about Peace
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,140. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012 by Matá. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Old Testament
In 1998, biblical scholar David Hazony began his writing career asking a simple, yet beguiling question: What does the Bible really mean when it uses the word "Shalom," or "peace"? Going through dozens of prophetic and biblical texts about peace, Hazony shows that the concept is radically different from what most people think - and could offer us a whole new approach to world affairs.
Why American Jews Should Learn Hebrew
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012 by Matá. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Hebrew
Expanded version of an essay in the Forward that generated tremendous attention in the American Jewish media. In it, author David Hazony explores the growing cultural gap between American Jews and Israelis, and offers a surprisingly simple, but compelling, solution.
Does Archaeology Prove the Bible?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012 by Matá. Category: Nonfiction » History » Jewish
For a century, archaeological expeditions have backed up many of the stories presented in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). In recent years, however, a new generation of scholars has emerged claiming that the Bible is mostly a myth -- and that archaeology doesn't prove a thing. In this 2003 essay, author David Hazony shows the hidden assumptions in this high-stakes game.
Mel Gibson's Breach of Faith
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012 by Matá. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Few Hollywood figures are as divisive today as Mel Gibson. He's been accused of anti-Semitism, of mistreating others, and of religious fanaticism. In this 2004 essay, written at the height of the scandal surrounding The Passion of the Christ, David Hazony asks whether he is also betraying the ideas and principles on which he built his fame. A must read today as it was then.


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