Category: Jewish Books

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 […]

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyM2tHGz4Rc

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 […]

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