31 08, 2013

Haazinu – Beyond the Text

By |2013-08-31T21:02:11-07:00August 31st, 2013|Thoughts|

The following is a brief version of an excerpt from “Beyond the Bible Text” by Rabbi Dr. Stanley Wagner and me that will be published in September 2013. We usually put three articles for each biblical portion, generally discussing thought-provoking subjects that people will not find elsewhere. This week’s essay is from HA’AZINU. While I [...]

18 06, 2013

Disparaging statements about women

By |2013-06-18T07:00:46-07:00June 18th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                               By Israel Drazin   I think that women should be treated with respect and have the same rights as men. Many ancient Jewish sages felt the same, but not all of them. The question was raised[1] why did the very wise Greek philosopher Aristotle,[2] disparage women? The answer given is that he was [...]

14 11, 2011

Reincarnation

By |2011-11-14T07:47:26-07:00November 14th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Many scholars are convinced that no book of the Hebrew Bible, with the possible exception of the biblical book Daniel 12:2-3, speaks about life after death, and feel certain that the various ideas about the after-life were taken from pagan notions.  Daniel states that “those who sleep in the dust will [...]