Tag: Reasonable Religion

Some people dislike paradise

Lost Horizon By James Hilton   The philosopher Maimonides (1138-1204) considered the biblical story of the Garden of Eden as a parable, not an actual event, in his Guide of the Perplexed 1:2. He states that the Torah is speaking about morality. I think his interpretation is correct. I will not summarize it here, but […]

Must a Jew Obey a Rabbinical Decision He knows is Wrong?

  There are various views about mistaken rabbinical decisions. Maimonides answers “no.” Here is what I wrote in my book “Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind.” Rabbi Solomon Yitzchaqi (1040–1105), better known as Rashi, the acronym of his name, makes a rather remarkable and, in the mind of many, counterintuitive statement in his commentary to Deuteronomy 17:11. […]

The Truth About Conversions: It is not Biblical

  The Israeli Chief Rabbinate insists that conversions must be done their way, implying that the Torah tells us how it must be done. They blackballed dozens of rabbis by name who they charge did not convert people using their method. There are good reasons to think that the concept of conversion did not exist […]

Fasts Observed for Events That Did Not Occur on the Day of the Fast

                                      Fasts Observed for Events That Did Not Occur on the Day of the Fast   The Jewish calendar contains a mourning period during the summer months. It begins and ends with fast days, whose precise dates […]

Questions about the Torah that bothered scholars for centuries

  In “Inconsistency in the Torah,” Rabbi Dr. Joshua A. Berman, addresses questions that have bothered scholars and clergy for centuries—the many seeming contradictions that are found in the Torah, in both its narrative and legal portions. He offers a solution that they ignored, a solution that makes sense. He suggests that many of the […]

The Bible does not discuss ethics

                                                                      The Bible does not discuss ethics   Ethics is a subject that people speak about often and most people think that the Torah must discuss […]

A victory for women

  Finally, after many years of demeaning mistreatment by ultra-orthodox haredi men who ignore some of their teachers who tell them it is ok to sit next to a woman, people who were also created by God, people who deserve the same respect given to men, the Israeli court has ruled that El Al acted […]

The truth about Maimonides


Are women equal to men in respect to prayer?

I just read “Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law” by Rabbis E. Tucker and M. Rosenberg. It is an excellent thoughtful book. Whether a reader agrees with the two rabbis who authored the book or not, he or she will find a wealth of information in the book that will prompt thought. Whether the […]

The mysterious origin of the monthly “sanctification of the moon”

                                      The Mysterious Origin of the Monthly “Sanctification of the Moon”   When a person examines the history of a religious practice, or any practice for that matter, he or she must be careful not to insist […]

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