Category: Jewish Books

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 […]

What really happened at the Red Sea?

                                      The following is chapter 5 from my book “Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets.                                           “Tell Me […]

An Israeli satire

The following is a new Israeli satire which is hilarious for those who understand Hebrew. Here is a link to the first episode:

Reading the Bible as one reads good literature

  Ancient Israel By Robert Alter W. Norton & Company, 2013   As with his other splendid books on the Hebrew Bible, Robert Alter offers readers in this volume called “Ancient Israel,” a vibrant translation in clear modern English of the early books of the second section of the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, the books […]

Unusual explanations in Midrashim on Jonah

                                                 Unusual explanations in Midrashim on Jonah   Midrashim, the singular is Midrash, are many books composed over centuries that contain laws as well as a myriad of legends. The name is derived from the Hebrew root d-r-sh, to sermonize and to expound. In the beginning of his book Chelek, Maimonides warns that […]

The Faults of Religions

  In his 2013 book The Essence of Religions, Christophor Coppes tells why he is convinced that people are able glimpse heaven in near-death experiences (NDEs) and that they are true events even though people report them differently. He feels that most religions have inklings of NDE truths, but the religious teachings are overloaded with […]

A new, eye-opening, and interesting way to understand biblical narratives

Subversive Sequels in the Bible How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other By Judy Klitsner Maggid Books, 2011, 204 pages     Reviewed by Israel Drazin              Judy Klitsner introduces readers to a new, eye-opening, and interesting way of understanding biblical narratives in her book, which won the National Jewish Book Award. She reads the […]

Maimonides’ descendants rejected his philosophy

  The Treaties of the Pool By Obadyah son of Abraham son of Maimonides Translated with commentary by Paul Felton The Octagon Press, 1981, 146 pages   Maimonides (1138-1204), was the rationalist par excellence, the greatest Jewish thinker. Yet neither his son Abraham nor grandson Obadyah, who wrote this book, nor any of his descendants, […]

My Favorite Review

Readers of Gil Yehuda’s review of my book Maimonides: Reason Above All will understand why I like it better than all the other reviews about my writings.   I enjoying Dr. Israel Drazin’s book, Maimonides: Reason Above All, and I wanted to share this review.  First I’ll summarize the structure and content of the book.  Then I’ll […]

An analysis of six prayers recited in the Jewish liturgy

Why We Pray What We Pray The Remarkable History of Jewish Prayer By Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel Urim Publications, 2010, 313 pages   Reviewed by Israel Drazin               Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America, reveals the fascinating history of six significant Jewish prayers in six well researched, informative, […]

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