Why Blow the Shofar – Satan?

By |2019-09-11T04:47:29-07:00September 11th, 2019|Jewish Books|

In 2008, in my first book on Maimonides called “Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind,” I described how ancient Jews had a totally different idea why they were blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana. Here is some [...]

Orthodox Jewry is changing

By |2019-08-28T10:13:00-07:00August 28th, 2019|Jewish Books|

Professor Chaim Waxman, a prominent and highly respected sociologist of contemporary Orthodoxy, has made a superb assessment of the history, development, and current and future situation of Orthodoxy in his relatively short but comprehensive 178-page [...]

Attacking presidents is not new

By |2019-08-19T03:37:26-07:00August 19th, 2019|Jewish Books|

The recently published book “Presidential Misconduct,” edited by James M. Banner, Jr, is eye-opening. It gives us a new perspective of today’s events. It is the only comprehensive study of American presidents’ misconduct. It contains [...]

Review of my Nachmanides book

By |2019-08-13T09:45:20-07:00August 13th, 2019|Jewish Books|

I received this nice review of my book from Washbookreview.com. Nachmanides: An Unusual Thinker by Israel Drazin, Gefen Publishing House, US $24.95, Pp 240, June 2018 With at least fifty scholarly works to his credit, [...]

Does God have a Name?

By |2019-07-22T02:49:59-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Jewish Books|

The Lord God is described in the Bible as Y-h-v-h, which is called “the Tetragrammaton,” meaning a four-letter word. Many think the Tetragrammaton is God’s name, but this is not true. It is a description [...]

Rabbis invent a false Maimonides

By |2019-07-11T04:27:47-07:00July 11th, 2019|Jewish Books|

The “Yeshiva world,” is comprised for the most part of schools where far-right rabbis teach Jewish students their view of Judaism, a religion that rejects secular studies as harmful and heretical. Many far-right rabbis respect [...]

Reinventing Maimonides

By |2019-07-03T06:17:03-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Jewish Books|

“Maimonides: Between Philosophy and Halakhah: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s lectures on the Guide of the Perplexed” is interesting because it shows the basic ideas of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s thinking. But readers should not suppose that they [...]

A Great Love story

By |2019-06-24T07:43:30-07:00June 24th, 2019|Jewish Books|

The story of Peter Abelard (1079-1142) and Heloise (1095-1163) is considered a great medieval love story. We have still today Abelard’s autobiography and letters between the parties, so we know much but not all of [...]

Golf joke

By |2019-06-19T04:04:53-07:00June 19th, 2019|Jewish Books|

A Catholic friend of mine sent me this joke. The Pope met with his Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Benjamin  Netanyahu, the leader of Israel. "Your Holiness", said one of his Cardinals, “Mr. Netanyahu [...]

Is the Zohar an Ancient Book?

By |2019-06-16T06:07:04-07:00June 16th, 2019|Jewish Books|

Many mystics insist that the Zohar was composed by Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai around the year 130 CE. However, scholars recognize that Moses d’ Leon, a Spaniard living in Granada, wrote it around 1286, that [...]

The world is filled with Jews

By |2019-06-11T04:40:26-07:00June 11th, 2019|Jewish Books|

Most people are convinced that there are comparatively few Jews in the world, only about 13.3 million in 2001, about 1.4 percent of the world population, 4.9 million lived in Israel and 8.3 million outside [...]

The truth about Ruth

By |2019-06-05T04:06:32-07:00June 5th, 2019|Jewish Books|

During the holiday of Shavuot, the practice in many synagogues is to read the beautiful biblical book Ruth. Various reasons attempt to explain the practice including that Ruth is said to have converted to Judaism [...]

Load More Posts