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Did Moses write the entire Torah?

 Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”   Did Moses write the entire Torah? Do traditional Jewish commentators differ on the subject?   Who wrote the story of the death of Moses? The twelve verses of Deuteronomy chapter 34 tell the story of the death of Moses. The introductory four verses narrate how God told Moses […]

What really happened at the Red Sea?

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

More on the Post-Moses Era Possibly Not Knowing about Moses’ Torah

                               More on the Post-Moses Era Possibly Not Knowing about Moses’ Torah    As I previously stated,[1] scholars insist that there is no indication in the biblical books that the Israelites knew about Moses’s Torah or observed the laws contained in it until the time of King Josiah (641–609 BCE). An example is the Mishkan […]

Did the Generations of Post-Moses Israelites Know about the Torah?

                          Did the Generations of Post-Moses Israelites Know about the Torah?   Scholars reject the traditional teaching and suggest that the ancient Israelites knew nothing about the Torah until the time of King Josiah (649–609 BCE).[1] Among much else, it is significant that none of the biblical books before this time mention Moses’s […]

“Tell Me the Truth, Moses, What Really Happened at the Red Sea?”

                            “Tell Me the Truth, Moses, What Really Happened at the Red Sea?”   After years of devastating slavery, God aided Moses in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Several days after the Exodus, the erstwhile slaves reached the banks of the Red Sea, also called the Sea of Reeds. They felt trapped and […]

Have humans changed the Torah?

  Unlocking the Torah Text An In-depth Journey into the Weekly Devarim By Shmuel Goldin Gefen Publishing House, 2014, 431 pages             This is the fifth volume in which Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, offers readers a very interesting “innovative educational approach to Torah study.” Rabbi Goldin has served as a rabbi in Englewood, New Jersey since […]

Three tales with profound lessons

                                             Three rabbinical tales with profound rational lessons[1]   Maimonides, in his Commentary on the Mishnah, Introduction to Perek Chelek, describes how one should understand rabbinical stories and declares that most people do not deal with rabbinic Midrashim[2] correctly. According to Maimonides, three clusters of people exist, each taking a radically different approach to […]

Psychoanalyzing Moses

                            Moses and the Path to Leadership By Zvi Grumet Urim Publications, 2014, 239 pages ISBN 978-965-524-155-6   Zvi Grumet’s informative book on the development of Moses’s leadership ability affords readers an opportunity to psychoanalyze and better understand Israel’s first national leader as well as themselves. According to Grumet: “The early narratives of Moses’s […]

Why did Moses send spies if God was helping the Israelites?

                                                                           Why did Moses send spies if God was helping the Israelites?                                                                                                Shelach (Chapters 13:1–15:41)     The plain reading of the Torah text reveals a discrepancy. There are two different accounts concerning the dispatching of spies to reconnoiter Canaan in advance of the impending military offensive to conquer the land during […]

Did Moses write the entire Torah?

                                                                                       Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”   Did Moses write the entire Torah? Do traditional Jewish commentators differ on the subject?   Who wrote the story of the death of Moses? The twelve verses of Deuteronomy chapter 34 tell the story of the death of Moses. The introductory four verses narrate how God told […]

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