27 12, 2015

What does Maimonides teach?

By |2015-12-27T06:15:53-07:00December 27th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                    What does Maimonides teach?   The great philosopher Maimonides is misunderstood by many people, most of whom need to see him saying what he never said.   Maimonides’ God Maimonides’ God is transcendental, meaning God is not involved in the daily activities of the world. God either created the world out of [...]

12 03, 2014

Does God know us?

By |2014-03-12T05:59:52-07:00March 12th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                          Does God know us?                                                        The views of some Jewish philosophers   Many Jews are convinced that Jews are judged by their behavior not by their beliefs. They can believe what they want as long as they harm no one.[1] Thus it is not surprising that there were famous Jewish [...]

29 05, 2013

Shelach – Unusual Interpretations 28

By |2013-05-29T08:20:42-07:00May 29th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                           By Israel Drazin   The following are surprising interpretations of the biblical portion Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41) raise interesting ideas concerning interpreting the Torah.   Seemingly contradictory biblical texts In 13:2, God instructs Moses to send spies to reconnoiter Canaan; apparently he is initiating the enterprise. However, Deuteronomy 1:22 reports that the Israelites [...]