21 10, 2015

The unreasonable view of some rabbis about conversion

By |2015-10-21T07:16:33-07:00October 21st, 2015|Thoughts|

                                          The unreasonable view of some rabbis about conversion   Conversion into Judaism is not an ancient idea although rabbis prefer to say that it is. For example, there is good reason to believe that the rabbis misinterpreted Deuteronomy 17:15 which states “One from among your bothers shall you set as king over [...]

26 08, 2015

Ezra changed the Torah text

By |2015-08-26T03:37:21-07:00August 26th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                                             Ezra changed the Torah text                                                                              Tikkunie Soferim   Tikkunei Soferim, which can be translated as “corrections by the scribes,” refers to at least eighteen changes that were made in the original wording of the Hebrew Bible wording during the second temple period, perhaps sometime between 450 and 350 BCE.[1] Most [...]

23 08, 2015

How the rabbis and others changed Judaism – part 2

By |2015-08-23T04:38:43-07:00August 23rd, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                     Changing the Torah by adding stringencies   Rabbi Evan Hoffman discussed the phenomenon of rabbis adding stringencies to the somewhat lenient biblical laws.[1] For example, Deuteronomy 8:10 states “eat and be sated and bless the Lord,” which required the Israelites to bless God, that is say a benediction, after eating only if [...]

15 03, 2015

More on how Judaism changed when meeting other cultures

By |2015-03-15T12:58:16-07:00March 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                               More on how Judaism changed                                                               when meeting other cultures   Jewish practices and theology continued to evolve as Jews met people of other cultures such as the Canaanites, Greeks, and Christians.   Canaanites Many of the biblical books describe the various practices that the early Israelites adopted as a result of [...]

11 03, 2015

Judaism changes when Jews meet other cultures

By |2015-03-11T14:27:46-07:00March 11th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                Judaism changes when Jews meet other cultures   We saw that when the Judeans were exiled to Babylonia they replaced the script of Hebrew.[1] As far as we can tell, this was not the only alteration at that time. Among much else, they also switched when the day and year begins. As [...]