Tag: Nachmanides

Were the Ten Plagues Miracles?

                The following essay is chapter 24 in my third book on Maimonides: Maimonides, Reason Above All.                                                               […]

Reasonable interpretations of the Torah by Nachmanides

                               Reasonable interpretations of the Torah by Nachmanides   Many of Nachmanides’ views are reasonable, more reasonable than those by Rashi, but many are not, for Nachmanides felt that the only truth was Kabbalah. The following are some of his reasonable […]

The Unusual Thinker Nachmanides

                                                              Nachmanides’ View of Himself   Most rabbis consider the twelfth century Spanish rabbi Nachmanides one of Judaism’s greatest thinkers. Many do so without knowing […]

Hasdai Crescas: Jewish Philosophy Unintentionally Including Christian Beliefs

                   Hasdai Crescas: Jewish Philosophy Unintentionally Including Christian Beliefs One of the most tragic occurrences in Judaism’s long history is the frequent absorption of alien, often heathen and Christian notions.[1] This occurred not only amongst the uneducated masses; rabbis fell prey to this phenomenon as well, simply because they did not know Jewish history […]

The non-biblical notion of holiness

                                                                  The non-biblical notion of holiness   The concept of “holiness,” meaning that something or someone is sacred does not exist in the Bible. The biblical Hebrew word kedushah, which is usually translated today as “holiness” means “separate.” When the Bible asserts that God is holy it signifies that God is totally separate […]

Do angels and demons exist?

  The following is based on what I wrote in my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Five Books of Moses.”                                                                                                                                                                Angels and demons   Did brilliant well-respected ancient thinkers of all religions have ideas that modern people should reject? Certainly. Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers, had the despicable incorrect notion that women […]

Does God Control and Manipulate Us?

                                                                                                Does God Control and Manipulate Us?   Since the beginning of time, since people believed that God exists, men and women of every religion asked whether God is involved in their lives and, if so, how? The Hebrew Bible does not answer this question. So individuals developed their own views. Those with a […]

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 […]

The patriarchs were humans

                                                                 The patriarchs were humans    The first book in my new series “Unusual Bile Interpretations,” on the “Five Books of Moses,” was published in Israel last week. I finished the next two, on the biblical books Joshua and Judges, and they will be published in upcoming months. I am currently working on a […]

Nachmanides on Curses and Magic

                                                    Nachmanides on Curses and Magic[1]     The biblical portion Nizavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20, offers us an opportunity to observe some problematic ideas of the great thirteenth century Spanish Jewish sage, Nachmanides, ideas common among people of his time, but rejected by many people today.   Idolatry, magic, and divination Nachmanides’ view of […]

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