Category: Jewish Books

A famous rabbi criticizes Judaism

Conservatism in politics and religion has captured the thinking in many countries today. This, like most things in life, can be good, but it can go to an extreme. Unfortunately, it affected Judaism terribly and prompted Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo to write “Jewish Law as Rebellion.” He, in essence, suggests that rabbis need to […]

Atheism can purify much in Judaism

“Secular Jewish Culture,” edited by Yaakov Malkin, is an important, indeed valuable book, a book that will prompt people to think. While focusing on Judaism, the book will open the minds of people of all religions. The first Chief Rabbi in Israel, Rabbi Kook, wrote: religious people can learn much from atheists. Religious people may […]

Another joke, another Haman

Another Joke, another Haman, no wonder Jews developed a sense of humor. This one was sent to me by a very intelligent friend from overseas. The United Nations decided they wanted to create an international soccer team. They would pick the very best players of different countries from around the world to create a super […]

My mom

Today is mom’s yahrzeit. Mom, like dad, was a Renaissance person.  Dad was born in 1906 and mom in 1908. Unlike most women of her age, she had an extensive Judaic education, attended a teachers training school, and secured a diploma in teaching.  Her siblings included community leaders and educators, the world-renowned biblical scholar and […]

A good Joke

A young very good ventriloquist is touring Sweden, and one night, he’s doing a show in a small fishing town. With his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes. Suddenly, a blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and starts shouting, “I’ve heard enough of your […]

A new website calls me the author’s teacher

You may be interested in this new website where Jeffrey Radon, who runs the site, calls me his teacher. I do not post articles on this site, only here and the blog at Times of Israel where I place the same articles that I place here. This is what Jeffrey Radon wrote to me. The […]

Translations of the Hebrew Bible are not correct

  The basic idea of “The Grammar of God” by Aviya Kushner, an interesting and informative book, is that readers of the Hebrew Bible who do not know Hebrew and read only the English translation will generally not know what the Bible is saying. What the Bible states is misrepresented or obscured in the translation, […]

What Did Ruth and Boaz Do on the Threshing Floor?

The following is a chapter from my rather popular book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Ruth, Esther, and Judith.”                                                    What Did Ruth and Boaz Do on the Threshing Floor? The two widows, Naomi of […]

Nachmanides’ ideas are not what people think they are

My next book, “Nachmanides: An Unusual Thinker,” will be published in a few months. It is my most controversial book. Most people have no idea what this great sage actually believed, that he was influenced by mysticism. Most people read what he says but only see what they want to see, or need to see […]

What are the five megillot?

Textual Tapestries Explorations of the Five Megillot By Gabriel H. Cohn Maggid Press, 2017 Textual Tapestries is the seventh excellent and informative addition to Maggid’s Tanakh Companions series. As its subtitle states, it is about the five biblical books that Jews call Megillot, “scrolls,” – Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther – and […]

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