Tag: Rosh Hashanah

The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays

                                      The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays   Few people think they know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot when the holidays are observed […]

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

                                                        Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday     The following is from my book “Mysteries of Judaism,” in which I point out that Judaism today is […]

The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot

                                                                                 The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot   While the shofar came to be seen as a rational and important part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, the same cannot be said of the kapparot and tashlich rites that are still celebrated by many Jews. Thus, while Maimonides included […]

Sympathetic Magic in Judaism

                                                                        Sympathetic Magic in Judaism                                   Ancient Jews, like their pagan neighbors believed that angels and demons exist, the first group helping people and the later harming them. They sought ways to control the demons and force them to do their will. They believed that humans have the power not only to control demons but […]

The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays

                                                                                  The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Few people know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot when the holidays are observed outside of Israel, and why a second day was appended to Rosh Hashanah in both Israel and the diaspora […]

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

                                                                                                           Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday[1]   Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday, although it replaced a biblical one, and is notably different from the holiday it replaced. The biblical holiday, Yom Teruah, had a totally different purpose than Rosh Hashanah, which focuses on the onset of a new year, […]

The Anti-Jewish Origin of Kapparot

                                                                                                                     The Anti-Jewish Origin of Kapparot [1] The practice of kapparot and tashlich, celebrated by many Jews, is not considered to be rational by many other Jews and Maimonides did not include them in his Mishneh Torah, his code of Jewish law. The term kapparot denotes an offering tendered in the hope of gaining forgiveness […]

The Shofar Scares and Confuses Satan

                                                                        The Shofar Scares and Confuses Satan, Keeping Him at Arm’s Length[1]     It is absolutely certain that both the spiritual leaders of Jewry and the masses of uneducated Jews (or at least the majority of these) before, during and after the talmudic period believed that the shofar, the ram’s horn, was blown […]

Some Peculiarities of the Jewish Lunar Calendar

                                                                                                       By Israel Drazin         I described in prior essays that Jews, as some other religions, such as Islam, use a lunar calendar and base the dates of their holidays on this calendar.[1] I mentioned some unusual occurrences that transpired because of the use of the lunar calendar. The following is […]

Why an additional day is added to holidays – 3

By Israel Drazin The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Part Three   This essay is taken from my book Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets. Because of its length, I am dividing it into three parts. Since I discussed what I think is the true reason why an extra day was added to […]

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