Category: Thoughts

My dad was a hero

Today is my dad’s birthday. He, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Drazin, was born on March 16, 1906. He is well-known as a brilliant man, a scholar with a nice personality. He was also a hero. Although dad came from a wealthy Canadian philanthropic family and worked in the family real estate business for years, he wanted […]

A fun Haggadah even for the non-observant Jew

                                                            The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah[1]         The Passover meal called Seder, meaning “order” and referring to the sequence of fifteen practices during the meal, is […]

A book that describes Passover laws and practices

There are many laws that the rabbi developed associated with what is called today “the holiday of Passover,” which were developed for the most part from the simple Torah mandate that no unleavened product may be in the home during the seven-day holiday of the “Feast of the Unleavened Bread.” But things are not what […]

This is how one should understand the Bible

Rabbi Hayyim Angel, author of “Keys to the Palace: Exploring the religious Value of reading Tanakh,” is one of my favorite authors who write on the Bible. He is very popular with other readers and scholars as well. This book contains twenty essays and virtually all were accepted by and published previously by well-respected magazines. […]

The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook, a Mystic

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 Purim joke

A nice man in Israel sent this “Lesson of Purim” to me:   Why are Jews called the “Start -up Nation”? Because everyone starts up with us.   Purim sameach, Israel

Esther never fasted on the Fast of Esther

  The holiday of Purim is observed today with a fast day called the “Fast of Esther” that precedes it on 13 Adar. Some Jews observe the fast day from morning until sundown. It does not begin the night before as Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, and is, in essence, a half day fast. [1] […]

A joke

Knowing that I like a good joke, one of our very nice readers sent me the following:   What bracha do we make after shopping online? Birkat Amazon

Rabbi Soloveitchik’s view of Esther

Megillat Esther Mesorat Harav By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik   Many books have been published which are commentaries on various subjects, including the Bible, Siddur, and Haggadah, which are based on teachings of Rabbi Soloveitchik. These books were not written by the rabbi. They are collections of his sayings that the authors of the books […]

Extracts From Adam’s Diary

“Extracts from Adam’s Diary,” published by Mark Twain in 1893 before “Eve’s Diary” in 1905, is not as charming, humorous, and unforgettable as “Eve’s Diary,” perhaps because he was not moved when he wrote “Extracts” by his wife’s death in 1904 as he was when he composed “Eve.” For “Eve” reminded him of her, the […]

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