The solution is simple

By |2018-08-14T04:17:33-07:00August 14th, 2018|Thoughts|

                                                  In an exccelent and informative article, Professor Marty Lockshin of York University, a rabbi, examined the difficulty raised by Deuteronomy 13:2-4 and tells the solutions offered in a Midrash and by several medieval [...]

Are Divine Commands Rational?

By |2018-06-24T04:28:56-07:00June 24th, 2018|Thoughts|

  While there are Jews who are convinced that certain biblical commands are inscrutable and that even though we do not understand them, we must obey them, others like Maimonides and Abraham ibn Ezra were [...]

Did Moses write the entire Torah?

By |2017-10-22T06:27:40-07:00October 22nd, 2017|Thoughts|

 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 [...]

The unorthodox secrets of ibn Ezra

By |2015-01-25T09:10:51-07:00January 25th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                  The unorthodox secrets of ibn Ezra[1]   Anyone who wants to understand the rational philosophy of Abraham ibn Ezra and his method of interpreting scripture needs to read this Hebrew book because Bonfils [...]

A very strange assessment of the Torah

By |2014-11-21T09:09:09-07:00November 21st, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                            A very strange assessment of the Torah   When Mordecai told Ether that Haman planned to murder all Judeans, Esther requested that Mordecai arrange that all Judeans fast for three days. The book [...]

Ibn Ezra on Esther – Part 1

By |2014-03-24T06:56:36-07:00March 17th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                             Ibn Ezra on Esther - Part 1   Ibn Ezra wrote two commentaries on the biblical book Esther. The first published was a short version. His long version was not printed until about 150 [...]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Deuteronomy

By |2014-01-16T12:33:35-07:00January 16th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                              Ibn Ezra in Deuteronomy   I mentioned in my prior essays on the famed thinker Abraham ibn Ezra’s Bible commentaries that although he was generally a brilliant rational thinking, he wasn’t always so, [...]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Numbers

By |2014-01-13T06:00:03-07:00January 13th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                  Abraham Ibn Ezra in Numbers   As I wrote in prior essays that focused on the brilliant thinker Abraham ibn Ezra’s biblical commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, there are ibn Ezra views that [...]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra, Leviticus

By |2014-01-08T07:47:35-07:00January 8th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                     Ibn Ezra in Leviticus   I described some rational and irrational views of the brilliant sage Abraham ibn Ezra (born 1089 or 1092 and died at age 75) in my brief essay [...]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra – Exodus

By |2014-01-05T06:09:02-07:00January 5th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                         Ibn Ezra: Strange Interpretations                                                            Exodus     Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) was a brilliant thinker and had views about the Bible that are quite different than most people have today; [...]

Rational and non-rational in ibn Ezra: Genesis

By |2013-12-29T04:41:49-07:00December 29th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                    Ibn Ezra in Genesis   Clerics give sermons and extol certain biblical commentators giving their congregants the impression that whatever the person said was correct even though the commentator, like all of us, also [...]

Who was Abraham ibn Ezra?

By |2013-12-22T05:09:45-07:00December 22nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                     By Israel Drazin   It is well-worth spending time reading the brilliant Bible commentary of Abraham ibn Ezra even though he frequently wrote his comments in a very brief manner, a manner that [...]