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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 […]

Is the Bible Really the Source of Philosophy?

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Biblical prophecy does not predict what will be

                                           Biblical prophecy does not predict what will be   Most people read the Bible literally without much thought. When the Bible has a prophet say that something will occur, they understand this as a vision from God of what will occur. However, the rabbis, or at least some of them, examined the Bible […]

How to read the Bible

                                                                                How to read the Bible   I have been asked to explain the mystery of the half shekel: why were the Israelites in the desert during the days of Moses required to give a half shekel to be used in counting the number of males from and to certain ages, men who […]

A very strange assessment of the Torah

                                                                                            A very strange assessment of the Torah   When Mordecai told Ether that Haman planned to murder all Judeans, Esther requested that Mordecai arrange that all Judeans fast for three days. The book of Esther does not reveal when the fast began. However there is an opinion in the Babylonian Talmud[1] that the […]

Scholarly studies on the book of Esther

                                                          Scholarly studies on the book of Esther   Carey A. Moore, the author of the highly praised Anchor Bible commentary on the biblical book Esther collected 37 scholarly articles on Esther which he placed in this book, many of which would not otherwise be available.[1] He includes his own 81 page Prolegomenon with notes […]

You Don’t Understand the Bible because you are Christian

                                                                          Review by Israel Drazin                                                                     You Don’t Understand the Bible because you are Christian By Richard Gist Friesen Press, 2014, 176 pages ISBN 978-1-4602-4271-7 Cost: $13.99   I enjoyed this book; it is intelligent, informative, and thought-provoking. It is not a Christian book, and not even religious, at least not in the usual […]

The Obligation to learn Hebrew

                                                      The Obligation to learn Hebrew   Should Jews and non-Jews learn Hebrew? Rabbi Evan Hoffman of Congregation Anshe Shalom in his always learned weekly column emphasizes the values of learning Hebrew and decries the view of Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum (1887-1979), the Grand Rabbi of the Satmar Hasidic sect who was the foremost ultra-Orthodox […]

The Torah doesn’t expect people to obey its laws

                                                                                                                                         The Torah doesn’t expect people to obey its laws                                                                             By Israel Drazin   I encourage everyone to read Professor Berman’s very informative, thought-provoking article “What is This Thing Called Law? The Jewish legal tradition and discontents.” It is found at http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2013/12/what-is-this-thing-called-law/   Professor Berman offers readers a well-documented discussion on the […]

Shemot – The Bible is filled with obscurities

                                                                                                                                       SHEMOT                                                         (Chapters 1:1–6:1)                                               The Bible is filled with obscurities   I am not going to explain a biblical section or supply answers this week as I usually do. Instead, I want to alert you to a biblical phenomenon: contrary to what most people think, the Bible is filled with obscure passages; […]

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