Category: Jewish Books

Maimonides’ personality unknown by too many people

                       Too many people, including rabbis and scholars, focus on just two of Maimonides’ books to help them decide Maimonides’ frame of mind: his philosophical Guide of the Perplexed and his code of law which he called Mishneh Torah, which means the Second Torah. Focusing […]

Amos Oz considers religion irrational, but makes good points

  Amos Oz (born in 1939) is the author of many books and the winner of multiple awards. Many consider him to be Israel’s most famous living author. He is a proponent of the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and is outspoken on the subject. He considers religion irrational. He just published a book […]

The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook

Even rationalists like me can read, enjoy, and learn from the writings of mystics. We do not have to accept everything they say as being true, but there are things they say which are true. Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook was born in Latvia in 1865 and died in Jerusalem in 1935. His father was […]

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, […]

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