28 06, 2017

The truth about Maimonides

By |2017-06-28T04:57:02-07:00June 28th, 2017|Thoughts|

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25 11, 2015

Maimonides’ Concealed True Teachings: Prophecy and Angels

By |2015-11-25T05:48:49-07:00November 25th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                      Maimonides’ Concealed True Teachings: Prophecy and Angels   Even in his youth, philosophy was an integral part of Maimonides’ life (1138-1204). He wrote a volume on logic when he was still quite young – scholars are uncertain of the exact date, but suppose that he composed his first works in his early twenties. He [...]

1 11, 2015

The Bizarre, Irrational, and Harmful Belief in Evil Angels

By |2015-11-01T06:49:31-07:00November 1st, 2015|Thoughts|

                                       The Bizarre, Irrational, and Harmful Belief in Evil Angels   Since demons and evil angels played such a large part in the lives of many Jews, it is advisable to explore the origin of the belief in some depth. The average Jew today is convinced that angels exist. He or she is certain [...]

21 12, 2014

Do angels and demons exist?

By |2014-12-21T06:21:05-07:00December 21st, 2014|Thoughts|

  The following is based on what I wrote in my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Five Books of Moses.”                                                                                                                                                                Angels and demons   Did brilliant well-respected ancient thinkers of all religions have ideas that modern people should reject? Certainly. Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers, had the despicable incorrect notion that women [...]

19 09, 2014

The Bizarre Belief in Evil Angels – part 2

By |2014-09-19T02:56:01-07:00September 19th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                               The Bizarre Belief in Evil Angels                                                                    Part 2   Medieval Jewish Bible Commentators Accept the Existence of Angelic Beings Many medieval Bible commentators were not affected by rational philosophy. Principal among them is Rabbi Solomon Yitzchaqi (Rashi), Moses ben Nachman (Nachmanides) and Abraham Saba (born 1407). These Bible commentators accepted the [...]

19 09, 2014

The Bizarre Belief in Evil Angels – part 1

By |2014-09-19T02:40:47-07:00September 19th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                     The Bizarre Belief in Evil Angels                                                                     Part one[1]   Since, as we saw in earlier essays that I wrote, demons and evil angels played such a large part in the lives of many Jews, it is advisable to explore the origin of the belief in some depth. The average Jew today is [...]

26 02, 2014

Judges 2B – Should people believe in angels?

By |2014-02-26T10:04:07-07:00February 26th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                             Chapter 2                                                                                Part 2                                                        Should people believe in angels?   The Bible mentions angels in chapter 2. Should we interpret this allusion symbolically, and deny the existence of angels? Or, should we take this reference literally, and insist that not only do angels exist but that they are involved in and [...]

23 12, 2011

Race, angels, and evil

By |2011-12-23T07:03:50-07:00December 23rd, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   A reader of this website sent me three questions. Here are the questions and my responses.   (1)   I note your pure blue eyes and wonder: how do some Jews have such?  Do these features prove that Jews were breeding with non- Jews way back in history?   I THINK THAT [...]

24 10, 2011

Rabbis have abandoned the Bible to fundamentalist Christians

By |2011-10-25T04:52:52-07:00October 24th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Many rabbis have, in effect, abandoned Bible study to fundamentalist Christians. Very few of their books that ostensibly address the Torah actually do so. Instead, usually without disclosing the fact, the rabbis who composed these volumes and the rabbis who deliver synagogue sermons focus on the midrashic versions of the biblical [...]

29 07, 2011

A book for people who want to learn the truth

By |2011-07-31T12:47:39-07:00July 29th, 2011|Book Reviews|

Maimonides’ Confrontation with Mysticism By Menachem Kellner Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011, 343 pages   Anyone, of any religion, agnostic, or atheist, wanting to understand the truth about life, the ideas taught by the great philosopher Moses Maimonides (1138-1204), should read this splendid easily comprehensible book first published in 2006, reprinted because of its [...]