24 05, 2017

The current Shavuot is not a biblical holiday

By |2017-05-24T03:19:10-07:00May 24th, 2017|Thoughts|

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 [...]

3 09, 2015

Overruling laws and enjoying life

By |2015-09-03T23:37:23-07:00September 3rd, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                          Laws were once able to be overturned   Rabbi Marc D. Angel demonstrates his well-known knowledge and writing skills in his informative exploration of Jewish practices called “The Rhythms of Jewish Living, A Sephardic Exploration of Judaism’s Spirituality.” The book includes a fascinating chapter concerning the ancient Great Court being able to overturn laws and others [...]

16 08, 2015

How the rabbis and others changed Judaism – part one

By |2015-08-16T07:27:15-07:00August 16th, 2015|Book Authors, Thoughts|

                                                              Changing the Immutable   Since time began, since the more intelligent men and women realized they had ideas they could not share with others, yet they had to speak, they learnt to lie. Highly respected philosophers did so. The pagan Greek Plato called what they said “noble lies.” The Jewish Maimonides named them “essential truths.” [...]

5 10, 2014

Have humans changed the Torah?

By |2014-10-05T23:22:01-07:00October 5th, 2014|Book Reviews|

  Unlocking the Torah Text An In-depth Journey into the Weekly Devarim By Shmuel Goldin Gefen Publishing House, 2014, 431 pages             This is the fifth volume in which Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, offers readers a very interesting “innovative educational approach to Torah study.” Rabbi Goldin has served as a rabbi in Englewood, New Jersey since [...]

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