The Rabbi Responds - Tower of Babel Update

I finally received a response from the rabbi whose sermon I discussed in my previous entry concerning who built the Tower of Babel. Here is his reply unedited.

"Thank you for the thoroughness of your research and study. The midrashim that I based my midrash on was from various sources including Sefer Hayashar, but the point that concerned you was my own midrash. The art of creating meaning from text is on-going and often completely opposite interpretations can exist at the same time. I can appreciate your concern of not adding political or social commentary, but the history of midrash has been exactly that at various times. The story of Hanukah is a classic example of trying to hush hush the true story of a violent uprising against the ruling parties in favor of a story about lights. I believe that Abraham whom the midrashim place at the time of the Tower, was a man of justice and hesed/loving kindness. My intent was to show the contrast with the people of the Tower. There are many readings of the Tower that are about a bias against city life and even technology, and my teaching, strong as it was, drew from asking what was bad about it. Clearly the de-humanization that happened in the project could lead to disparity in resources as well. I think what the children and others will take from this, I hope, is not specifically whether this is the correct telling of the story, but that Judaism as mirrored in Abraham represents values of justice and kindness and walking humbly with God, the Micah quote that, in true midrashic fashion, was the counter-text that I used for the story. I hope this helps explain where I was coming from; i would be happy to discuss further."