Category: Book Reviews

Nachmanides’ attempt to defend Judaism at Barcelona

“The Disputation at Barcelona, by Ramban,” translated by Rabbi Dr. Charles B. Chavel, is a classic text composed by Nachmanides (1195-1270), also known as Ramban, of the formal dispute that Nachmanides had with Pablo Christiani in 1263 before the king of Aragon, James I. It is an interesting piece of Jewish history. There are two […]

Is God involved in prophecy?

                                                                                         The views of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Maimonides The late Abraham […]

A secret rabbis do not reveal

  Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book Torah min hashamayim (translated into English by Gordon Tucker as “Heavenly Torah: As refracted Through the Generations”) reveals a truth that most rabbis do not know or, if they know, refuse to reveal. The methodologies of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael differed on how to interpret the Torah, and only […]

Did Halevi prove that God exists?

One of the best-loved books in Judaism is the Spanish Jewish poet Yehuda Halevi’s Kuzari (around 1075-1141), a book that was completed around 1140. It is considered by many to be an easy-to-read and informative book of philosophy that expresses, in the opinion of many, the basic principles of Judaism. Halevi’s goal was to demonstrate, […]

A nice informative story about Kapparot

Kapparot By Ted Gross Ted Gross’s beautiful short 16-page tale, reminiscent of I. L. Peretz’s masterpiece “If not Higher,” dramatizes in a very pleasant way that the Kapparot ceremony, when many Jews transfer their misdeeds to a chicken, is not a magical ceremony, nor is it effective in itself. It is symbolic, designed to prompt […]

Some people dislike paradise

Lost Horizon By James Hilton   The philosopher Maimonides (1138-1204) considered the biblical story of the Garden of Eden as a parable, not an actual event, in his Guide of the Perplexed 1:2. He states that the Torah is speaking about morality. I think his interpretation is correct. I will not summarize it here, but […]

Questions about the Torah that bothered scholars for centuries

  In “Inconsistency in the Torah,” Rabbi Dr. Joshua A. Berman, addresses questions that have bothered scholars and clergy for centuries—the many seeming contradictions that are found in the Torah, in both its narrative and legal portions. He offers a solution that they ignored, a solution that makes sense. He suggests that many of the […]

A great Israeli writer

Elsewhere, Perhaps By Amos Oz   Amos Oz, born in 1939, is properly regarded by many readers and critics as Israel’s most famous living author. He won numerous international literary prizes, such as the “Peace Prize of the German Book Trade” and “The Israel Prize.” His works have been published in over forty languages in […]

It is now revealed that the Torah teaches preventive medicine

                                                    New revelations about the Torah and preventive medicine   Dr. Michael Lebowitz’s “God’s Preventive Medicine” is a fascinating, eye-opening, and thought-provoking book that reveals never-before-known information about several biblical […]

American support of Israel in photos since 1840

  I learnt much from this book.   American Interest in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs from 1840 to 1940 By Lenny Ben-David   Even people like me who are familiar with the history of the State of Israel and the relationships between Israel and the United States will enjoy reading this book, […]

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