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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 […]

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 current Shavuot is not a biblical holiday

The following essay is from my book “Mysteries of Judaism” in which I pointed out that all the biblical holidays were changed. In “Mysteries of Judaism II: How the Rabbis and Others Changed Judaism,” I describe Maimonides’ view that the Torah wanted the Israelites to change what is in the Torah. For example, he writes […]

Is the Bible Really the Source of Philosophy?

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The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot does not say what people think it says

                 The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot does not say what people think it says               The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers, states:                         Moses received Torah from Sinai                         And […]

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 […]

How to read the Bible

                                                                                How to read the Bible   I have been asked to explain the mystery of the half shekel: why were the Israelites in the desert during the days of Moses required to give a half shekel to be used in counting the number of males from and to certain ages, men who […]

Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”

                                                         Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”[1]   The Torah’s final chapter presents a serious theological dilemma. The following is a brief history of how some scholars handled this dilemma.   Questions Did Moses write the entire Torah? Do traditional Jewish commentators differ on the subject?   Who wrote the story of the death of […]

How to read the Bible

                                                         This book shows us how to read the Bible   Peshat Isn’t so Simple By Rabbi Hayyim Angel Kodesh Press, 2014, 311 pages   For over two millennia most Jewish Bible commentators did not explain the Bible’s plain meaning, called “peshat” in Hebrew, but used the biblical verses and events as sources for […]

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