Tag: Rashi

Who was the brilliant Abraham ibn Ezra

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The truth about Rashi, by a scholar

 The following is information about Rashi  contained in a book by a very good scholar: Rashi, By Avraham Grossman, The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012, 327 pages   Very little is known about the personal life of the great beloved Bible and Talmud commentator Rashi. What is known is only a few minor facts, his writings, and […]

A questionable sermon

                                                                      A questionable sermon   Ever since the time of the sage Nachmanides (1194 – 1270), who introduced the notion that […]

Is Rashi’s Bible Commentary Rational?

                                                       Is Rashi’s Bible Commentary Rational?   Certainly Rabbi SolomonYitzchaqi (or Shlomo ben Isaac, 1040–1105), known by the acronym Rashi because of the initials of his name, is the […]

The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism

                                                                                                       The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism   Most people, including many rabbis do not realize that Rabbi Akiva revolutionized Judaism and that many people consider his methodology non-rational. Judaism until the destruction of the second temple in 70 CE, was temple oriented. Several major sects existed during the final centuries of the temple: […]

Is Rashi’s Bible Commentary Rational?

                    Is Rashi’s Bible Commentary Rational?   Certainly Rabbi SolomonYitzchaqi (or Shlomo ben Isaac, 1040–1105), known by the acronym Rashi because of the initials of his name, is the most beloved and most popular of all Bible commentators. The Encyclopedia Judaica calls him “the leading commentator on the Bible and Talmud.” Virtually every Jewish child, […]

The Generally Unknown Mystery of Rashi’s Commentary

                                      The Generally Unknown Mystery of Rashi’s Commentary    Many individuals of all faiths use the commentary of the famed biblical and Talmudic French rabbi Rashi (1040-1105) to help them understand the Bible. Rashi is a master writer. His commentaries are short, to the point, clarifying, and interesting. People enjoyed his explanations so […]

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 […]

Judges 13 – Samson’s inscrutable tale

                                                                                    Chapter 13                                                                The inscrutable tale of Samson                                           Samson’s story is told in Judges in four chapters. The chapters state that he “judged Israel for twenty years”[1] twice: at the end of chapter 15 before the episode of Delilah, after describing various episodes where Samson seems to have violated […]

Unusual Bible Interpretations – Joshua 1

                                                                 Joshua  Chapter 1                                                                 By Israel Drazin   Having completed 54 Unusual Bible Interpretations on the Pentateuch, I have begun this series on the next biblical book Joshua. I will focus on one chapter every week.                                                          The Book Joshua The first chapter of Joshua presents its history using the number three.[1] […]

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